Day: August 5, 2020

Ammo Fire
Military History

Ammo Fire

When the Second World War broke out, residents of Halifax and Dartmouth—carrying vivid memories of the disastrous explosion of 1917—were understandably nervous. And the danger this time was even greater than it had been a generation earlier. The same enemy was much stronger and his reach—particularly by sea—was much longer. Unprecedented wartime expansion of the Royal Canadian Navy brought more and larger warships than in the First World War, all laden with ammunition. These vessels sailed in and out of Halifax Harbour daily, tying up alongside in HMC Dockyard, the naval base close to the city centre on the western side of Halifax Harbour at the southern end of The Narrows. The convoys forming up in the sheltered waters of Bedford Basin were also larger, more frequent and far more da...
On this date: August 2020
On This Date

On this date: August 2020

1 August 1957 Canada and the United States form the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) to integrate air defences. 2 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada contributed 4,500 military personnel to the 1991 Gulf War. 3 August 1981 Egypt and Israel sign a peace treaty, the Sinai is returned to Egypt and a multinational force begins peacekeeping. 4 August 1943 Flying Officer A.A. Bishop of 423 Squadron, RCAF sinks U-489. His aircraft is downed during the attack, losing five crew members. 5 August 2010 Captain William Todd Fielding lands a Chinook helicopter struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan, then leads the evacuation of the burning aircraft. He is awarded the Medal of Military Valour. August 6, 1945 The first atomic bomb is dropped on the Japanese indus...
MILITARY HEALTH MATTERS: Checking on your buddies
Military Health Matters

MILITARY HEALTH MATTERS: Checking on your buddies

When this column was written, the world was still in lockdown, practising social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine. Who knows when social distancing can end, or whether we’ll be in and out of lockdown a number of times as the virus peaks and wanes and peaks again. These measures are tough enough on those who are physically and mentally hale and healthy, but they can be even harder on vulnerable veterans and add to the pressures on their families and caregivers. Isolation leads to loneliness, which can lead to major depression, which is implicated in the development of a host of health effects including increased risks of heart attack, insomnia, increased pain sensitivity, weakened immune system and suicidal thoughts and behaviour. “No one stands on a roof and says, ‘I’m lonely...
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