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Day: May 1, 2014

Point Blank War: Canada’s Special Operations Forces in Close Combat With The Enemy
Defence Today

Point Blank War: Canada’s Special Operations Forces in Close Combat With The Enemy

It was early spring in Kandahar City and while Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan was coming to an end, the fighting was far from over. What follows is the story of Canada’s secretive special operations forces in battle, as elements of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) and elements of Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2) joined forces to combat determined insurgents in Kandahar City. It would be a long, hard battle, fought largely at night, in the midst of one of the most heavily populated areas in Afghanistan. While no Canadians were killed, many were awarded for their valour. Incredibly, no Afghan civilians were killed in the battle, either. It is a remarkable Canadian war story. ++++++++++++++ BRAVERY IN THE SHADOWS The Canadian special operations community is a sm...
Serving You

Serving You: May/June 2014

Question: I was injured in the Second World War and only found out in 2010 that I could apply for a disability pension from Veterans Affairs Canada. My application was favorable but I am disappointed that my benefits were not retroactive to the date of my injury. Answer: Insofar as retroactivity is concerned, the effective date of disability pension awards is governed by the Pension Act (subsection 39(1)) which provides that pensions shall be payable from the date an application is first made to the department or to a maximum of three years prior to the date on which a favorable ruling is made, whichever is the later date. The onus is on the veteran to apply. Such contact may be made by telephone, a personal visit or in writing. In cases of written contact, the minister will accep...
Face To Face On The Wearing of a Deceased Veteran’s Medals
Face to Face

Face To Face On The Wearing of a Deceased Veteran’s Medals

Should family members of deceased veterans be allowed to wear the military medals of their deceased relative?    Author Glenn Wright of Ottawa says NO. Author John Boileau of Halifax says YES. Wright is retired from the federal government where he worked as an archivist and historian with Library and Archives Canada, and the RCMP. He has also authored books on Canada’s wartime service. Boileau, a retired army colonel, has authored several books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on Canadian military history. He is also a frequent radio and TV commentator on military issues.   GLENN WRIGHT NO Service medals as well as honours and awards are sometimes worn by family members on Remembrance Day to respect and commemorate recipients of the medal and their ...
Travelling About: May/June 2014 Things To Do And See
Canada Corner, Travelling About

Travelling About: May/June 2014 Things To Do And See

1. Go To Juno Beach! If you’ve never been to Juno Beach, it’s worth the time and money to buy a ticket for the 70th anniversary. The Juno Beach Centre is right on the D-Day Beach where Canadians landed on June 6, 1944. This year there will be special events at the centre and—most importantly—veterans present. 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings June 6 Juno Beach Centre, Normandy, France http://www.junobeach.org/centre/english/anniv70/index.html 2. See Canadian Art Of The Great War This special exhibition by the Canadian War Museum will feature everything from massive canvases completed in studios in England and Canada during and immediately after the war, to intimate sketches and drawings made in trenches and prisoner-of-war camps, including many never before exhibit...
What Soldiers Carried Into Battle On D-Day PLUS 360˚ Views
Army, Military History

What Soldiers Carried Into Battle On D-Day PLUS 360˚ Views

While the weight of a soldier’s kit could vary—depending on the task—it was anything but light on D-Day. These two figures illustrate, in general terms, the varied and specialized uniform and equipment worn by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion airborne (above) and North Shore (N.B.) Regiment (below) amphibious assault troops. The weight of an average soldier’s kit could easily exceed 36 kilograms or 80 pounds. Here are 360˚ views of the varied and specialized uniform and equipment worn by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion airborne and North Shore (N.B.) Regiment amphibious assault troops.    
On This Date: May 2014
Military History, On This Date

On This Date: May 2014

MAY 1, 1952 Operation Leap Frog begins. The RCAF deploys 12 squadrons of aircraft to join ground forces to Western Europe, part of a NATO commitment to deter Cold War attacks. MAY 2, 1945 U-2359 is sunk in an attack by British, Norwegian and Canadian Mosquito aircraft. MAY 3, 1915 Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae writes In Flanders Fields. MAY 4-5, 1971 A clay landslide destroys 40 homes and kills 31 residents of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Que.; three members of the Canadian Armed Forces are awarded medals for daring rescues. MAY 6, 1814 American troops in Fort Ontario, near Oswego, N.Y. are driven out by a heavy artillery bombardment from the British fleet. MAY 7, 1867 Dr. Campbell Douglas of Grosse Ile, Que., leads three trips through heavy surf in Little Andaman Island, ...

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