Day: March 1, 2018

Major John Russell & Radovan Karadžić
Heroes And Villains

Major John Russell & Radovan Karadžić

On Dec. 24, 1993, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations Protection Force’s director of political affairs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, summoned his new military aide, Canadian Major John Russell, to his office. “John, we’re going to break the siege,” the diplomat declared. “I want you to find a way to get people out.” “Okay, sir,” Russell replied, “but keep in mind that it was just two days ago I learned where Sarajevo airport was.” The Bosnian capital had been surrounded by Bosnian Serb forces since April 5, 1992, so Russell faced a daunting and dangerous challenge. Vieira de Mello quickly arranged a meeting with the Bosnian Serb authorities at their headquarters in Pale, a community outside Sarajevo. “This is John Russell,” he told them. “In my absence, he speaks for me an...
A proper reaction
Eye On Defence

A proper reaction

In early October, the army made it clear that the Canadian Armed Forces was not about to let racist behaviour among its members derail its reputation. Last year, some members of the CAF crossed the line from being military professionals to engaging in behaviour that goes beyond what they are allowed to do as members of the CAF as long as they are members of the CAF. On July 1, five members of the CAF disrupted an aboriginal ceremony at a statue of Lieutenant-General Edward Cornwallis in Halifax. The protest against Cornwallis, who founded the settlement of Halifax in 1749, was over his harsh treatment of the Mi’kmaq Nation. The CAF members who opposed that demonstration were members of the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization which declares its members to be “Western chauvinists ...
On this date: March 2018
On This Date

On this date: March 2018

1 March 1945 Major Frederick Tilston leads an attack on the Hochwald Forest in Germany. Seriously wounded in an enemy counterattack, he refuses medical aid and defends his company’s position until his troops are secure. His actions earn him the Victoria Cross. 2 March 1815 Sir George Prévost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America, is relieved of his office and recalled to Britain. 3 March 1919 William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard deliver Canada’s first international airmail—from Vancouver to Seattle, Wash.—aboard a Boeing C-700. 3-4 March 1945 The Allies break German resistance on the Hochwald front in the Battle of the Reichswald. 5 March 1891 Sir John A. Macdonald leads the Conservatives to victory in what would be his final general election; he dies just three...

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