Day: May 4, 2021

A positive impression
Military History, Military Milestones

A positive impression

In May 2007, on the green and peaceful banks of the Una River in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a memorial was dedicated to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who served and died in the wars that followed the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in 1991. “The men and women of the Canadian Forces have left a very positive impression of Canada upon the people of Bihac,” said Mayor Hamdija Lipovača. “It is fitting then that this park dedication serves as a lasting memory of Canada’s devotion to helping the people of Bihac return to a peaceful way of life,” he added. In 1991, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came apart along ethnic and religious lines and war erupted. The United Nations and NATO responded to restore stability to the area where, after bitter fighting, six new states em...
Tales my grandfather told me: Memories of memories of the Somme
Defence Today, Front Lines

Tales my grandfather told me: Memories of memories of the Somme

It’s been more than a century and still the words ‘The Somme’ resonate with Canadians who grew up with a grumpy old granddad or family lore surrounding a strapping young man who fought in one of history’s most notorious conflicts. About 100,000 Canadians did battle at the Somme—four divisions’ worth, plus a regiment from the Dominion of Newfoundland. For many a KIA or wizened old war veteran, it was their last, if not only, fight of the First World War. Over the course of the three months that Canadians fought there, between August and November 1916, some 24,000 were killed or wounded, along with 2,000 Newfoundlanders, many of whom fell on July 1, the battle’s first day. Many of the survivors went on to fight at Vimy Ridge the following April. Some survived that epic victory to fi...

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