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Month: January 2008

Defence Today

Operation Medusa: The Battle For Panjwai

Part 3: The Fall of Objective Rugby. Whatever the new rotation of Canadian soldiers were expecting to find when they rotated into Kandahar in August 2006, it wasn't this. They had trained for counter-insurgency warfare, but what they found was a lot closer to conventional war. What they found was the battle of Panjwai. It was force-on-force battle against an enemy that employed a classic Soviet tactical defence. It was 16 weeks of pitched battles, air strikes and bloodshed. The Canadians didn't choose to fight Medusa, not exactly. It was more like they had no choice. Enemy troops were massing; and they were threatening everything. They ...
O Canada

Hockey's Forgotten Pioneer

James Creighton—the law clerk of the Canadian Senate for 48 years and a man who has been called “the inventor of hockey”—was one of history’s forgotten figures for more than half a century after his death on June 27, 1930. And he may well have remained obscure and unknown were it not for the efforts of Bill Fitsell, a Kingston, Ont., journalist and hockey historian, who spent two decades combing through old newspapers and other aged records searching for references to the man. Fitsell found lots—enough to devote a chapter to Creighton in his 1987 book Hockey’s Captains, Colonels & Kings. His latest discovery may well be the most startling. Creighton is buried in Ottawa’s Beechwood Cemetery—the resting place of one former prime minister, several celebrated poets and dozens of Can...

Advancing on the Hitler Line: Army, Part 74

When General Harold Alexander issued orders for the spring offensive in Italy he instructed Gen. Mark Clark's 5th Army to attack in the mountainous coastal sector, employing 2nd U.S. Corps and the French Expeditionary Corps. These forces were to advance north to the Anzio bridgehead--south of Rome--and join with 6th U.S. Corps. Clark's forces were then to pursue the enemy to Civitavecchia, a port city north of Rome. The troops at Anzio were first required to advance inland to "cut Highway 6 in the Valmontone area and thereby prevent the supply and withdrawal of the troops of the German 10th Army." These operations were d...
Air Force

Canadians Against The Bolsheviks: Air Force, Part 25

Historian Owen Cooke identified three levels at which a country interferes militarily in another nation's conflicts. The first involves military advisers and technical experts who support one side in a civil war. Next come units of foreign "volunteers" operating on the favoured side, still nominally subordinate to the host country's civil and military authorities. Finally, the intervening power introduces large forces that turn local administrations into puppets of the occupying power. Britain operated at all three levels during the Russian intervention of 1918-1920, which itself began with one objective that may have been rea...

Government Announces Agent Orange Compensation

The federal government has agreed to offer a one-time ex gratia payment of $20,000 to those who suffered as a result of testing with Agent Orange and other chemicals at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in the 1960s. The announcement was made Sept. 12 in Fredericton by newly appointed Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Veterans Affairs Minister Gregory Thompson. The tax-free payment is available for only those individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition associated with Agent Orange based on findings of the United States National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Those eligible must have worked or trained at CFB...

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