Month: March 2013


2012 The Year In Review: A Year Of Important Milestones

Dominion Command and Legion committees put into effect the decisions of the dominion convention where Legion members set the course for our organization. They also concern themselves with the administration of the Legion which includes the chartering of branches, the issuance of membership cards, the planning of the annual distribution of poppies, the promotion of youth and member sports and dozens of other business items. Legion advocacy also remains a top priority for the organization. The following is a brief picture of the Legion’s activities and important milestones for 2012. Diamond Jubilee The Legion marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. To help celebrate, the Government of Canada minted 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for distributio...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

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

Dear Mother and Evelyn, Just a few lines to let you know I am out of the hospital and back to soldier life with a vengeance. I am in with an awful bunch now as they are only a bunch of rookies and everyone is boss. So you can imagine what kind of an outfit it is. We are in tents and I am sleeping on the wet ground with only three blankets. They sure intend to toughen me up. I lost all my kit and clothing when the battalion moved away and am broke flat as we have no paymaster yet, only a travelling one and he will be along sometime this week. The only clothes I have are the ones I got on. I stand a pretty poor show of getting any unless I buy them as they have no stores here as yet. I don’t belong to the army any more but to Sam Hughes’ tourists. The camp is all full up again but with...

Walking The Battlefields With The Milton Gregg Centre

A group of graduate students is standing on the hill overlooking a rough gully similar to what might be found in Eastern Europe or other parts of the world where Canada may be called upon to serve. However, it is not Europe, but a clearing in the vast forest enclosed at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in southwestern New Brunswick. On the bus trip to the site the students have seen the odd tank and light armoured vehicle (LAV III) being used in the day’s exercise in which platoon leaders will carry out a hasty attack—an improvised attack based on the unexpected sighting of an enemy. “We like to think it would take an hour from first sighting to the planned and executed attack on an enemy position,” explains Major Tim Halfkenny, deputy commandant of the base’s Tactics School. He crank...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of March 18 – March 24

03/18/1892 Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates a silver cup as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. 03/18/1992 An overwhelming number of white South Africans are supporting a mandate for political reforms to end apartheid. 03/19/1978 The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is created. 03/20/1917 The preparatory artillery bombardment begins for the assault on Vimy Ridge in France. 03/21/1898 The Yukon Field Force is organized to maintain Canadian sovereignty and authority in the Klondike. 03/21/1955 The Canadian government announces that a Distant Early Warning Line will be constructed in northern Canada. The DEW Line, as it became known, would consist of different types of radar facilities used to detect possible Soviet invasion, missile or a...
1812 Journal – Then &Now
War Of 1812

1812 Journal – Then &Now

The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain in June 1812 to the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815. Each article in our Then & Now Journal consists of two parts. The “Then” portion describes events of the war in the same two-month time frame as 200 years ago. The “Now” portion highlights existing memorials, museums, battlefields, fortifications and other sites as well as various commemorative events. Space does not permit us to list every event, and so we encourage you to investigate what may be happening in your area or any event that may be of interest. THEN March: British naval blockade extended south and north from Chesapeake Bay to include Savannah, Charleston and New York. March 3: Rear Admiral George Cockburn’s s...

Nothing Faddish About OSIs, Says Military Ombudsman

Now that Canada’s combat commitment in Afghanistan has ended, the Canadian Forces must not let its care of members with mental health issues lapse, the military ombudsman said in a 2012 assessment of the CF’s care of members with mental health issues. “The OSI (operational stress injury) burden remains at peak intensity, and will continue for several years yet,” due to the latent nature of post-traumatic stress disorder and the cumulative burden of nearly two decades of continuous operations, National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman Pierre Daigle said in his report titled Fortitude Under Fatigue. “Fiscal and post-operational pressures pushing for a diminished focus…should be resisted.” Chief among his findings was that the system is chronically short-staffed and clearly straine...

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