Month: July 2016

The Carley float
Artifacts

The Carley float

Many sailors owed their lives to this durable, quick-launching raft The corvette HMCS Louisburg was on escort duty off the coast of North Africa when she was hit by a torpedo dropped from an Italian plane at sunset on Feb. 6, 1943. In minutes, Able Seaman Budd Parks found himself injured, swimming in the pitch black, covered in oil, one of dozens “struggling for survival against time and the elements as darkness settled around us,” he recalled in Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WW II Tell Their True Stories. “I was one of 42 crew members swarming around one Carley float designed to carry 12...Nineteen hours later, six of us were alive.” — John Gleason, survivor of HMCS Guysborough, sunk March 1945 Forty shipmates, including the captain, did not survive. Som...
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Ralph Gibson, 93, a life member of Cumberland, B.C., Branch, giving gardening advice at the Pacific Command convention last summer: “Soak all grass seed in whisky before planting it. That way, it will come up half cut.
New friends made at cribbage championships
News

New friends made at cribbage championships

Players in the Dominion Command Cribbage Championships in Charlottetown April 22-24 got a demonstration of just how far Prince Edward Islanders will go to make visitors happy. Tony Safronetz from Grandview Branch in Manitoba mentioned that he would like to take some of the island’s rich, red earth home as a souvenir. The next morning Jason Barlow and Cory Milligan of Souris, P.E.I., Branch went out—in the rain—to find a farmer’s field and fill a Baggie with this unusual memento. “It’s great to meet new people,” said Milligan, who met Safronetz for the first time at the tournament. “It makes things a little more enjoyable, meeting other people from across the country and hearing their stories.” Charlottetown Branch President Jim Ross welcomed the 56 players from across the country d...
This is not peacekeeping, more like Cold War II
Front Lines

This is not peacekeeping, more like Cold War II

Canada has announced that it will send up to 1,000 troops to Latvia to help bolster a NATO force sent there to face down Russian aggression. Canada has long been operating in the region–troops in Poland and Ukraine, CF-18s in the sky above, warships at sea–all as a part of a mission called Operation Reassurance, which was meant to provide comfort to our shaky NATO allies that we are, indeed, allies. But now this mission has, well, escalated--Operation Reassurance is more like Operation Deterrence. It all started with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa last week. "As your NATO ally and your friend, let me say, we'll be more secure when every NATO member, including Canada, contributes its full share to our common security," said Obama. "Because the Canadian Armed Forces a...
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Larry MacDonald of Ottawa tells this one: A coy Auxiliary Territorial Service girl asked the young Jock: “And what is worn under the kilt?” “Och, there’s naething worn under the kilt. It is all in verra good condition.”  
News

War Museum hosts prestigious history forum

A century after the First World War and seven decades after the second, how much new could there possibly be to discuss? Plenty—and we’re nowhere near done augmenting and correcting the historical record, judging by research shared by historians at the 83rd annual meeting of the Society for Military History in Ottawa this spring. Recent digitization of some First World War service records has revealed information that could change a national debate.  “We need to correct the perception we have about French Canadian enlistment” in the First World War, said Jean Martin of the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage. For 80 years it has been estimated only about 35,000 French Canadians served, a fact that has underscored rancorous debate throughout the years. ...

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