Day: April 3, 2019

ReaderPerks | Behind the scenes with J.L. Granatstein
ReaderPerks | Behind the Scenes

ReaderPerks | Behind the scenes with J.L. Granatstein

Q: What made you want to study military history in the first place? A: It wasn’t my first choice. At Royal Military College of Canada, I wanted to study political science and economics, but found that economics was beyond me. (The story of my life, I fear.) So, I went into history and because I was in the army, I wrote a thesis on peacekeeping. Then I was posted to the Directorate of History at National Defence headquarters, wrote a doctoral dissertation on the Second World War, and later worked on foreign and defence policy as a professor. By the late 1980s, military history was my major focus, and since then I have since much on the world wars. Q: What’s it like to have a career as a military historian? A: It’s a good career—if you can find a job! There are only a few Canadian u...
Words of war
Front Lines

Words of war

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. . . . Be copy now to men of grosser blood, And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear That you are worth your breeding. From Henry V by William Shakespeare The briefest, if not the greatest, wartime speech ever was not really a speech at all. It was a one-word message written in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, one of the last German offensives of the Second World War. Weather was preventing resupply drops. United States paratroopers were cold, hungry and starved for ammunition when Brigadier-General Anthony McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne at Bas...
HMCS <em> Iroquois </em> takes leadership of Operation Apollo
Military Milestones

HMCS Iroquois takes leadership of Operation Apollo

HMCS Iroquois, a destroyer, took over on April 2, 2003, as the flagship of the multinational anti-terrorism fleet in the Persian Gulf on Operation Apollo, which was established following the terrorist attacks in the United States in September 2001. Canada was among the first to respond to the call, providing assistance in October from ships already in the region, but it maintained between two and five warships on station in surveillance patrols and inspections. A total of 15 vessels were deployed between 2001 and December 2003. In addition to replenishing the rest of the fleet, Canadian crews also inspected merchant ships and fishing boats operating from Pakistan and Iran, alert to prevent supplies reaching al-Qaida and the Taliban, or terrorists escaping. By the spring of 2003, C...

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