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January 1, 2014

Why Things Are Seen¹: A Story of Blunders, Bombs, Broken Teeth and Bad Ideas

¹ As a part of their fieldcraft training, soldiers are taught about camouflage. They’re given a checklist of basic principles to use in order to stay hidden from the enemy—things like avoiding silhouetting yourself, shadows, spacing, shininess, etc. The list is entitled: “Why Things Are Seen.” For many Canadian soldiers—particularly the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry—the phrase has become a part of the common language, used to point out the basic reason why something is screwed up. If an outpost runs out of batteries, for example, and none can be sourced and so all sorts of crucial things stop working, a soldier hearing of the situation might quip: “Why things are seen.” It is a synonym for a blunder.

Serving You: January/February 2014

Question: My stepdad served in Britain, and is now a Canadian citizen and member of The Royal Canadian Legion. He has now been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and is under the impression that there are funds available from the Legion to help my mother pay for his funeral expenses when the need arises. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Mrs. P.

Remembrance in Regina

“There are veterans who like to talk and there are veterans who don’t like to talk. My father was one of the ones that didn’t like to talk,” said Regina Branch President Terry Duncan as veterans gathered in the nearby Shiners’ Club after the 2013 Remembrance Day service.

Instead of being able to talk with his father about the Second World War, Duncan learned of his father’s experience with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals through a diary he kept. “I only found it after he passed away,” said Duncan, who spent 13 years in police services.

On This Date: January 2014

JANUARY 1, 1945
Losses are heavy as hundreds of aircraft attack 11 Allied airfields in Belgium and Holland in the Luftwaffe’s last major offensive of the war.

JANUARY 2, 1929
W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer begin a mercy flight to deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane from Edmonton to Fort Vermilion, a distance of some 1,000 kilometres.

Find-Share-Discuss: January/February 2014

Training days in Western Canada, the face of a young private, and a telegram announcing an upcoming visit to North Bay, Ont. Cheryl Oattes of

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