Archive for May, 2020

  • Knights of the air

    May 27, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There are few rivals in war who have shared the mutual regard and respect, even camaraderie, as did those who flew fighter planes during the two world wars. Theirs was a singular experience, the scale and intimacy of which were unique in the annals of...
  • Fighting for Fort George

    May 27, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    At the turn of the 19th century, the British were concerned about a balance of power where British territory met American on the banks of the Niagara River. The British wanted a fort on the west side of the Niagara River, in what today is...
  • After Dunkirk

    May 26, 2020 by J.L. Granatstein
    Following the German conquest of Poland in September 1939, the war against Hitler entered a period of inactivity. The Phoney War, the press called it, while the British and French concentrated their forces along the borders of neutral Belgium and France. In April 1940, the...
  • Inuit bone collectors honoured

    May 22, 2020 by Tom MacGregor
    Parks Canada paid tribute to the previously untold story of how Inuit from Nunavut communities joined the home front war effort during the Second World War by collecting animal bones that could be used for munitions. Environment and Climate Change Minister Johnathan Wilkinson, the minister responsible...
  • Afghanistan and the AK-47

    May 20, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Photographs and story by Stephen J. Thorne   With more than 75 million estimated to be in circulation, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, or AK-47 (for the year Mikhail Kalashnikov completed his work), is the most popular and most copied weapon in the world. Light, simple, reliable...
  • Jitter and snatch patrols in Korea

    May 20, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    In the spring of 1952, the Allies in Korea were starving for intelligence on Chinese forces, which went to ground (and underground) between attacks. Two new strategies were employed, one to get enemy soldiers to give away their positions, and the other to capture prisoners...
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