Archive for May, 2016

  • Chemistry experiments

    May 26, 2016 by Graham Chandler
    Soldiers were used in the testing of chemical and biological weapons in the Second World War   When Lucien Chasse, a quarry driller from Quebec with a Grade 4 education and little English, signed up for the Canadian Army on Nov. 10, 1943, he had...
  • In the aftermath of the First World War and its horrific trench warfare, the German military developed a new doctrine of smashing enemy defensive lines with columns of armour and then racing into their rear areas to create chaos. In the beginning at least, this...
  • The new world of UN peacekeeping

    May 23, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
    In late February, the Washington Post published an extensive story on “peacekeeper babies” in the Central African Republic. These are the children of sexual assaults perpetrated on local women by troops serving with the United Nations. These assaults are being investigated by the UN, which...
  • As all eyes turn toward the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto with The Royal Canadian Legion as one of the sponsors, the results and stories from the 2016 games are pouring in. Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, who played Tywin...
  • The tell-tale brain

    May 19, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Scanners that show how the brain’s chemistry changes from moment to moment—and from thought to thought—promise new views into the inner workings of the traumatized mind   Retired Master Corporal Don Leonardo of Airdrie, Alta., a third-generation soldier, has battled PTSD since serving with the United Nations...
  •   It was the only time North American soil was occupied by the enemy during the Second World War, and something had to be done. The place in question is Kiska, a desolate, eight-kilometre-wide piece of rock that sits on the border between the North...
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