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Day: November 1, 2004

Defence Today

Firefight In The Pocket

by Norman Brown PHOTOs: SGT. Mike Bonin, Canadian Forces From top: Teams of Canadian engineers, doctors and soldiers search for survivors and victims near Medak. The involvement of Canadian Forces in the former Yugoslavia is winding down, bringing to a close an eventful chapter in our military history that saw more than 40,000 Canadians serve in the theatre of operations. The most dangerous and dramatic episode in that chapter was the 1993 Medak Pocket incident, in which Canadian soldiers, trying to keep warring sides separated, themselves came under attack. The Canadians’ response involved them in the first firefight by our army since Korea, and showed once more how our soldiers can rise to the occasion. The Department of National Defence ...
Defence Today

Interpreting Afghanistan

by Stephen J. Thorne Photos: Stephen J. Thorne, CP From top: Canadian paratroopers walk through ruins in Kabul, Afghanistan; Cpl. Greg Soucy shares a laugh with a group of Afghan children. My fixer Manilay never ceased to surprise me. He had lied about his age, it turned out, to get the job working for me translating and attempting to overcome whatever obstacles my living and working in Afghanistan for 81/2 of the past 12 months would present. Manilay was just 18 during my second stint with the Canadian army in Kabul, but for what I thought he lacked in life experience he attempted to compensate for in dedication and hard work, most of the time. A good-looking Pashtun, he could be prone to the impetuousness of ...
O Canada

Art On The Rocks

PHOTO: Ontario tourism Youngsters visit the pictographs at the Agawa site along Lake Superior. Imagine you’re the curator of a huge museum, full of so many precious works that most of them haven’t even been catalogued. Yet even as you’re racing to document and interpret them, vandals are destroying some of them with graffiti and thieves are carting others away. The ones that remain are slowly fading before your eyes—and there’s not a thing you can do to preserve them. That, in a nutshell, is the conundrum facing the archaeologists who specialize in “rock art”—images left behind by native peoples around the world on cliffs, boulders and other outdoor stone surfaces. There are two types of rock art, and they are both found a...
War Art

Paraskeva Clark

CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM--AN19710261-0685 'Quaicker Girls'. Paraskeva Clark's paintings depict activities of the Royal Canadian AirForce Women's Division. Paraskeva Clark believed the art of a nation is not made by a few elite artists of the time, but by the many who give us variety in subject, composition, technique and ideology. Her beliefs came naturally. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1898, Clark studied at the Free Studio. Widowed in her early 20s, she moved to Paris with her infant son. When her boy was of school age she took a position as a salesgirl in an art gallery, where she met her second husband—a Canadian. In 1931, the couple married and then moved to Toronto. Her international experience made her a welc...
Canada & the Victoria Cross

Vimy And More: Part 6 of 18

ILLUSTRATIONS: Sharif Tarabay Clockwise from top left: Victoria Cross recipients Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey, Robert Grierson Combe, Ellis Wellwood Sifton, John George Pattison, William Johnstone Milne and Thain Wendell MacDowell. The Battle of Vimy Ridge, which historian George Nasmith called “probably the most brilliant success of the war” on the British front, was sandwiched between the actions of two other feats in the spring of 1917 for which Canadians earned the Victoria Cross. Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey was decorated with the VC for “most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty” for leading a cavalry charge on the village of Guyencourt, France, on March 27, 1917. On May 3, about three weeks after the Vimy victory, Robert Grie...

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