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Day: April 10, 2019

Attacked from above
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Attacked from above

April 10, 1917, a furious air battle was taking place as troops assaulted the eastern slope of Hill 145 near La Folie wood during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Despite a plague of German fighters, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) kept observation planes aloft, taking vital photographs of the front, helping the artillery pinpoint enemy guns that were dug in and camouflaged, and reporting on enemy strength, position and movement. And because they flew so low, RFC pilots, a quarter to a third of whom were Canadian, were also in danger from machine-gun and rifle fire from the ground. In just the first week of what they called Bloody April, the RFC lost 131 aircraft. It was not unusual when an aircraft with the RFC roundels flew low over the battlefield. But it was unusual when it began st...
Words of war (part 2)
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Words of war (part 2)

It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly. I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts. I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them. —Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, Royal Irish Regiment It was the eve of the invasion of Iraq—March 19, 2003—and Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins was speaking to his troops of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, at their staging point in Kuwait. Born in Belfast and a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Collins delivered one of history’s most poignant and elegant battle speeches, all of it off the top of his head. It has been compared to the Agincourt address in which Shakespeare’s Henry V urges his legions “once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” Th...

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