Archive for September, 2018

  • War and the Spanish Flu

    September 28, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    As the First World War drew to a close, the world was hit by the greatest pandemic since the bubonic plague His aircraft holed and ablaze, Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod, just 18 years old, earned his Victoria Cross with bravery and blood in a spectacular...
  • Benefits of long-term RCAF study continue

    September 27, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The Manitoba Follow-up Study (MFUS) is one of the longest health research studies in the world, if not the longest. After 70 years, it is still producing useful data. In 1948, it began tracking cardiovascular health of nearly 4,000 male Royal Canadian Air Force veterans....
  • Ross Mitchell: A sniper from the farm

    September 26, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ross Mitchell of Douglas, Man., was just 18 when he began infantry training with the Canadian army in 1943. Told he would not be sent overseas until he was 19, he decided to give the airborne a try. He spent the summer of 1944 running...
  • Regina Branch reopens with a new attitude

    September 24, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Regina Branch may be a shadow of its old self, but what a shadow it still casts. The 2,000-square-metre classical moderne-style building was constructed in the heydays after the Second World War, when the branch had more than 2,500 members. Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and...
  • Taking solace in the
    not-so-little things

    September 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Sometimes, the little things make a big difference. Sometimes the little things add up. And sometimes the little things are all you have. It might be wise to remember this as Canadian troops ramp up their peace operations in Mali, where they are conducting medical...
  • Our American airmen

    September 13, 2018 by Peter Silverman
    As Canada rushed to find instructors and aircrew for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, many Americans flocked north.   It was 1941 and Britain and the Allies were losing the war. German Panzers were sweeping across Russia and there seemed to be little to...
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