Archive for May, 2019

  • 5 Ways D-DAY Changed the World

    May 31, 2019 by J.L. Granatstein
    Three-quarters of a century have passed since American, British and Canadian forces landed on the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944, in the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The attack began the liberation of Western Europe, the defeat of Nazi Germany and the events that...
  • James Strachan: Old enough to die; too young to drink

    May 29, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The grim cost of the D-Day invasion still haunts James Strachan, 75 years after he delivered troops to the beaches of Normandy. Strachan was a signaller aboard a Landing Craft, Infantry (Large), manning the Oerlikon gun as his assault vessel shuttled back and forth across...
  • Billy Bishop’s early morning raid

    May 29, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the first two months of Billy Bishop’s flying career, from the end of March to the end of May 1917, the flying ace had brought down 22 planes and earned the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. And his most famous exploit was...
  • Peace at last

    May 28, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    We sat down with Gary Luton, Director of Treaty Law at Global Affairs Canada to discuss the most famous treaty of the 20th Century, the Treaty of Versailles. The signing of the Armistice at 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, ended the fighting between the...
  • Preventing broken bones

    May 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Canadian Armed Forces takes broken bones very seriously indeed. Personnel suffered more than 4,200 fractures in 2014-16, an examination of military and civilian medical records revealed. Annually over the period, fractures resulted in 34,000 to 81,000 workdays lost, $12.5 million to $30 million in...
  • Eisenhower & Rommel

    May 25, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
    DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER In the end, everything depended on the weather. On the evening of June 3, 1944—with 150,000 men, nearly 12,000 aircraft and almost 7,000 sea vessels awaiting his command—Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower had to measure the reliability of his chief...
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