Archive for April, 2020

  • Operation Manna comes to the Netherlands

    April 29, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Since 1940, Dutch citizens had lived frugally under the Nazi jackboot, but after D-Day in 1944, conditions got worse. The Germans flooded farmland, removed livestock and seized barges and trucks. Men were taken as forced labour to Germany. It was difficult to raise and transport...
  • Agility is the ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances. Militaries rely on agility in times of crisis. Agility is always at the heart of long-term business success too, and businesses are learning this anew in the time of coronavirus. Officer cadets attend military...
  • Convoy Drivers

    April 24, 2020 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The forced marches of Allied prisoners of war early in 1945 was both puzzling and harrowing. Puzzling because the German motives were unclear. Were they simply trying to evacuate PoWs from an active front as the Russians advanced? Were they hoping to use the PoWs...
  • Rumours of a viral war

    April 22, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    If the rumours are to be believed, the current pandemic that has locked us all in our homes began in a Chinese laboratory. Or is that an American one? Both stories are out there. The fact is that medical researchers from all over the world...
  • HMCS Matane meets a U-boat

    April 21, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    It was not a nice day at sea on April 22, 1944, when Escort Group 9, patrolling near Iceland, picked up an echo on their ASDIC sonar equipment. “It was a cracking echo and very soon it became obvious that this really was a U-boat,”...
  • Pedal Power

    April 21, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Twenty-eight young men stood at attention while posing for a portrait on the steps of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria on Dec. 7, 1915. They were about to leave to start their training—not for the cavalry, as might be expected by the presence...
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