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Month: November 2007


The Remembrance Odyssey

PHOTOS: TOM MacGREGOR Clockwise from left: Daniel Hiscock stands under the Vimy Memorial; the delegation at Vimy; an etching of John McCrae's headstone. It was the sound of applause that struck members of the 2007 Royal Canadian Legion Youth Leaders' Pilgrimage of Remembrance when they reached the small, French town of Buron--not far from Caen. The group of 26 was on the Legion's biennial pilgrimage to visit Canadian war cemeteries, battlefields, and the monuments erected in honour of Canadian sacrifice and triumph during World War I and WW II. The youth leaders had been invited to hold a remembrance ceremony in the town, and they had agreed to parade into the square. Jason Forster, 28, a member of Hampton, N.B., Branch, formed up a colour party, which involved organizing the oth...

Pets Liven Up New Veterans Residence

PHOTO: TOM MacGREGOR Staff and residents of the Kipnes Centre enjoy visiting Ramsay, one of two trained miniature ponies at the centre. Veterans in the new Dianne and Irving Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton may have trouble explaining to their families that there is a pony in their room. But it's true. Trained miniature ponies have been added to the menagerie at the home for 120 veterans on the former Canadian Forces Base Griesbach in north Edmonton. Buddy and Ramsay are two house-broken animals bred for their gentleness and ease around people. Though they have their own coral outside the centre with a shelter, they are brought into the centre to...

First Blood In The Atlantic: Navy, Part 24

PHOTOS: ALFRED TATE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA166880; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA104238 From top: A view from HMCS Ottawa, 1940; officers and crew aboard HMCS Saguenay, Oct. 1940. One of the great shortcomings of the German navy in World War I was that it lacked operating bases on the open Atlantic. The German army fixed that problem in 1940 in a matter of weeks. Bases in Norway became available in the spring, and by June Kriegsmarine personnel and equipment were arriving--hot on the heels of the Panzers--in French ports along the English Channel and Bay of Biscay coasts. While much of the focus of the wider war remained--for the time being--on big sh...

Breaking The Gustav Line: Army, Part 73

PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA197636; W.H. AGNEW, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA136204 From top: A newly constructed bridge in Italy, May 1944; Cassino, Italy, May 1944. This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the Canadian role in the battle for Rome, May 11 to June 5, 1944. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade, veterans of Sicily, the Moro River and Ortona, were now joined by the 5th Canadian Armd. Div., and the corps' medium artillery regiments. The Canadians moved west from the Adriatic coast to staging areas north of Naples to train for their role in the fourth Allied attempt to advance beyond Cassino...
O Canada

When Cod Ruled the Rock

PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA188224; GRAHAM CHANDLER; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA202293; GRAHAM CHANDLER Clockwise from top: Ships at anchor off Newfoundland, 1857; archeologist Peter Pope examines the remains of 18th century galets, used for drying cod; cod is dried and collected at Cape Rouge, Nfld., in the mid-1800s; archeologists uncover what was probably an 18th century bread oven. Near the eastern tip of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula, a tiny seaside town called Conche--nestled in Martinique Bay--takes you back to a time when cod fishing ruled this island. A 20-minute walk along a new boardwalk from town to what the locals call Long Point takes you back to a place where it ...
Defence Today

Operation Medusa: The Battle For Panjwai

Part 2: Death in a Free Fire Zone. ILLUSTRATION: DAVID CRAIG An overview of Objective Rugby during the battle. 1: Near the white schoolhouse, 7 Platoon is caught in a deadly crossfire where Rick Nolan and Shane Stachnik are killed. 2: Afghan National Army soldiers and their American trainers attack to the north, toward route Comox. 3: The main company position, site of the Zettlemeyer attack that kills Frank Mellish and William Cushley. 4: Dismounted from their LAVs, 8 Platoon assaults a series of compounds. Having just been blown up, Corporal Richard Furoy lay on the hard Afghan earth bleeding, in untold kinds of pain and probably close to shock. Beside him lay the body of his friend, Warrant Officer Rick Nolan. Enemy rounds we...

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