Month: January 2015

Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Syd Webb of Toronto writes that in 1944 during a lull in front-line fighting in Holland, an infantry signaller of D Co., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was ordered to submit a list of equipment required to ensure continued communications with battalion HQ. He sent in this: 1 new radio set 1 new radio earphones set 1 new set of batteries 1 new set of radio replacement tubes 1 new signaller We don’t know whether there is any connection, but Webb was an infantry signaller with D Co., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.    
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In Good Hands

In Good Hands By George Large January, 1984 I want to write a tribute to the medical corps. I know the subject first-hand because I had to use its professional services in both world wars. I was wounded at Wancourt on Aug. 26, 1918, and after the regimental medical orderly bandaged my arm I walked back to the reserve area with two other soldiers. We reached a sunken road where ambulances were coming and going. We were taken in an ambulance, with two stretcher cases, to Arras, some five miles to the rear. We were unloaded at the Arras Cathedral, the walking patients going round to the back, the stretcher cases remaining on the ground in front. There was a long line of walking wounded so I had lots of time to look over the situation. Most of the roof had been blown off the c...
Tiger In Waiting
Air Force

Tiger In Waiting

It was called Tiger Force, but the Second World War ended before this new strategic bombing formation could roar off into the Pacific. Canadians—in the air and on the ground—were among the thousands of Commonwealth personnel who volunteered to serve against Japan. In preparation for Royal Canadian Air Force participation in the 1945-46 air campaign against Japan, a number of Canadian officers were passing in and out of American units, ostensibly on liaison or observer duties. Precisely how they did so outside the continental United States is uncertain, but at least one—probably more—took their job description to the limit. In 1945, Group Captain Henry M. Carscallen, DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), was commuting regularly between Ottawa and Washington, D.C., on staff duties. ...

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