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Month: December 2012

This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of December 31 – January 6

12/31/1943 The Royal Canadian Air Force is at its peak with 215,000 people, including 15,000 members of the Women’s Division. 12/31/1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigns. He is replaced by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. 01/1/1916 Prime Minister Robert Borden promises to field an army of half a million men, and decides to commit two more army divisions to the Western Front. 01/1/1921 Rear-Admiral Walter Hose succeeds Admiral Charles Kingsmill as director of the Naval Staff. 01/1/1947 The Canadian Citizenship Act is passed. 01/2/1908 The Royal Mint of Ottawa opens, later known as the Royal Canadian Mint. 01/2-6/1945 After waiting for the sodden dike country to freeze solid, 1st Canadian Corps launches well-co-ordinated attacks on two strong German pos...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 27, 1916 Bramshott Camp

Clifford writes about the burning of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Rumours abound at the time that it was an enemy action. My Dearest Mother, They sent me to the big military hospital Friday with my terrible sciatica, so will most likely be here for a couple of weeks. Now, I hate to have to write you this news and cause you any undue worry but I thought it best to let you know now. I don’t want you to worry and I am not very bad, only not in fit shape for drilling. The sisters and nurses here are very nice indeed and look after a fellow fine. Jim was up to see me this morning and he said he thought he would fall and break a leg so he could get in here but I sure wish I was out of it all. We had our first snow last week and today the ground is white, so it looks more like home. Gla...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 21, 1916 Bramshott Camp

Dear Mother and family, I received your welcome letter today. I am feeling a great deal better now. Sciatica all gone but my hip is still a little stiff. I think I will go on parade tomorrow and see how it goes. You were asking me if we have a change of boots. I think I have had three pair since I joined. So I have done pretty fair. I sure had a laugh when I read the sentence about my timidness. I believe it all has left me. As for us being picked for the guns, we were the best for it and the rest for drivers. They have a cinch as they only take us out and then beat it back. Jim was one but will most likely be on the gun now that the draft has left. No danger Mother about my not being home again and I hope before this time next year. That sure must be some boy. I am as proud of him as ...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of December 24 – December 30

12/24/1944 The Canadian minesweeper Clayoquot is torpedoed by U-806 off Halifax. Seventy-six survive. Eight perish. 12/24/1968 Apollo 8 safely orbits the moon. 12/25/1941 Hong Kong surrenders to the Japanese. 12/25/2009 An al Qaida-trained operative attempts to blow up a U.S. passenger plane with explosives hidden in his underwear. 12/26/1812 A naval blockade of Chesapeake and Delaware bays is proclaimed by Great Britain. 12/26/2004 Approximately 230,000 die as a tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean, slams into the coastlines of more than a dozen countries. 12/27/1942 The Canadian destroyer St. Laurent and corvettes Battleford, Chilliwack and Napanee sink U-356 in the North Atlantic while escorting a westbound convoy. Credit...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 11, 1916 Bramshott Military Hospital

Dearest Mother, Here goes a few lines to let you know I am alive although at present in the hospital here. I have been in since Wednesday but hope to be out in a few days. I have sciatica in my right hip and leg. Caught it most likely at the ranges as I got soaked a couple of days while there. I don’t want you to worry about me for I am not very bad, only I had to stop marching for a while and they put me here to keep me quiet and out of mischief. Well, Musie, you will have to excuse this writing as they made me go to bed and I am writing while sitting up. Jim says he wishes they would put him in, too, for he says I look extremely happy and comfortable. He brings me the papers and all the smokes I want. There are about 25 in the ward I am in and none very sick, mostly laziness but that is...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 2, 1916 Bramshott Camp

Dear Fred, Your letter received last night, so I will answer same now. As I am off duty this afternoon but am on duty tonight. I am indeed very glad to hear of your and Jim’s enlistment. Accept my heartfelt congratulations, Fred, for believe me boy, all told you sure have to have the guts and spirit to leave home and friends. However do your work with a will and you will never be sorry for your actions. I missed the draft as they went this morning to re-enforce the 8th Battalion in France. I was sure disappointed. However it will only be a matter of few weeks before I am away. They certainly were a fine bunch of boys and we all lived in hopes till the last minute they would take all the section. We had a big sham battle here yesterday between the 44th and 50th Battalion and the 46th and ...

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