Archive for May, 2017

  • Not all military deaths occur on foreign soil. Here are three examples of Canadian military training exercises gone awry....
  • A quiet victory in the Gulf

    May 17, 2017 by Marc Milner
    When Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, the most immediate threat to the country was an attack on its shipping. That fear was so palpable that when periscopes were soon “sighted” in the St. Lawrence River, no one was surprised. A “submarine diviner”...
  • What to do about North Korea?

    May 17, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada went to war in 1950 because North Korea’s invasion of South Korea was a clear affront to the principles of the still-fledgling United Nations and was viewed as a potential stepping stone to more serious confrontation in Eastern Europe. In fact, for decades it...
  • John McCrae’s baptism of fire

    May 17, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    The Boer War started the year John McCrae graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school. He had served as an officer in the military reserves and had a romantic view of war, partly gleaned from Rudyard Kipling’s vivid accounts of war as British adventure....
  • Canada’s first foreign war

    May 15, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Feb. 11, 1900, the 1,039-strong Canadian contingent recently deployed to South Africa joined a powerful British column at Graspan, on the Cape Colony’s eastern boundary with the Boer Orange Free State. The following day, under a blazing sun with temperatures peaking at 46°C, the...
  • Hard spending decisions needed

    May 15, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    Lee Berthiaume, writing for the Canadian Press last fall, referred to “internal Defence Department documents” in a story about the need to spend billions, beginning soon, to upgrade Canada’s submarines. He referred to those documents, obtained through the Access to Information Act, in estimating the...
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