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Day: January 1, 2003

Defence Today

Live Fire At Petawawa

Story and photographs by Jacques Brunelle Corporal Marty Smith (left) and Master Corporal Sean Benedict await orders during a live-fire exercise at CFB Petawawa, Ont. Occupying the rough, mountainous terrain between Algonquin Provincial Park and the Ottawa River, the training area at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa covers almost 400 square kilometres. The Trans-Canada Highway runs north-south through the army base near the river in an area where Canadian Shield topography turns into the Mattawa Plain, an ancient sandy seabe...

Operation Blockbuster Begins: Army, Part 44

Allied military vehicles negotiate a rubble-filled street in Calcar, Germany, on Feb. 28, 1945. When Operation Veritable began on Feb. 8, 1945, Lieutenant-General Harry Crerar predicted that if weather conditions were poor a series of set-piece operations would be required to reach Xanten, Germany, located roughly 30 miles north of Dusseldorf. The battle might, he thought, last three weeks. Two weeks later 1st Canadian Army had breeched the Siegfried Line and fought its way beyond Cleve but was well short of its original objectives. This partial victory ...

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