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Month: June 2021

Remembering Indigenous war heroes
Military History, Military Milestones

Remembering Indigenous war heroes

Their ancestors fought beside the British in the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. In 1885, they navigated Africa’s Nile River on a British military rescue mission and volunteered for Canada’s first international expeditionary force at the dawn of the 20th century, fighting with the British in the Second Boer War in South Africa. But when Great Britain called for aid during the First World War, the support of Indigenous Peoples—First Nations, Inuit and Métis—initially caught the Canadian government off guard. Thousands of Indigenous people answered the call after the Second World War was declared. Status Indians were “wards of the government and did not have the rights or responsibilities of citizenship,” historian L. James Dempsey, who is of Kainai (Blood...
UN warns of a “global refugee crisis,” urges peace and stability
Defence Today, Front Lines

UN warns of a “global refugee crisis,” urges peace and stability

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is urging world leaders to boost their efforts to promote “peace, stability and co-operation” in the face of a global refugee crisis. The agency says refugee numbers driven by violence, persecution, war and human-rights violations have been increasing for the past decade, rising by four per cent from 2019 to a record 82.4 million in 2020. Almost a million children were born in displacement between 2018 and 2020. Children under 18 are particularly affected, said the report. They account for 42 per cent of all forcibly displaced people despite the fact they comprise just 30 per cent of the world’s population. Almost a million children were born in displacement between 2018 and 2020, it said. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the lives of...
Commodore James Yeo & Commodore Isaac Chauncey
Heroes And Villains, Military History

Commodore James Yeo & Commodore Isaac Chauncey

Victory in the War of 1812 depended on which side controlled Lake Ontario James Yeo joined the Royal Navy when he was 10 and earned a rapid rise in promotions spurred on by a stunning series of military successes.  In 1810, King George III knighted him. Just 31, Yeo assumed command of the Provincial Marine in Upper Canada on May 5, 1813. His daunting task was to wrest control of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain from American Commodore Isaac Chauncey’s fleet. Previously under army command, the Provincial Marine had been manned by local sailors. Despite adding 465 Royal Navy officers and ratings, Yeo still considered his force woefully insufficient “to man the squadron” on Lake Ontario. Yet, it was essential that “a general action must take place as every military operation or success...
Victory March
HISTORICPHOTOBLOG, Military History

Victory March

London hosted a formal — and boisterous—celebration on  the first anniversary of the end of the Second World War A year after the Second World War ended, Britain threw a proper celebration, one that the whole country—civilians as well as the men and women who had served overseas—could enjoy together. And what a party it was. More than five million people crowded the sidewalks and streets of London and choked The Mall to take part in daylong celebrations on June 8, 1946. The crowd included visitors from all over the world. They started gathering before daylight to claim good positions along the parade route. At 10 a.m. an open carriage carrying the Royal Family slowly proceeded from Buckingham Palace to the reviewing stand on The Mall, where military commanders and heads of state ...
Veterans with PTSD should have MedicAlert IDs, says Afghanistan vet
Defence Today, Front Lines

Veterans with PTSD should have MedicAlert IDs, says Afghanistan vet

War veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should have validated MedicAlert bracelets stating that they have a combat-related illness, said the decorated survivor of an RPG attack and subsequent firefight. Sean Teal, a wounded veteran who served four eventful tours in Afghanistan and earned the military’s second-highest award for valour, struggled with physical pain and mental health issues until he was ushered out of the army in 2014. Then his problems got worse. “It’s hard to get sympathy or empathy from people who can’t relate.” He said civilian doctors unfamiliar with his experience overseas and the stresses of combat all but ignored his military medical files and perpetuated a cycle of treatment that eventually rendered him a “slug,” unable to eat, sleep or...
The hunt for Convoy HX-133
Military History, Military Milestones

The hunt for Convoy HX-133

It was a taste of what was to come. Convoy HX-133—49 merchant ships and an escort of five warships—left Halifax on June 16, 1941, bound for Liverpool, England. Not all of them would arrive. The merchant ships were arranged in nine short columns, with the escorts—HMC ships Chambly, Orillia and Collingwood, all of them corvettes, and two destroyers, HMCS Ottawa and HMS Wolfe—dispersed among and around them. They sailed into heavy fog. “During this time there were several collisions resulting in five ships having to return to port,” wrote Commodore R.R. Gill of the cargo ship Glenpark. “Gales were experienced which slowed convoy down considerably.” As well, convoys “could only go as fast as the slowest ship,” recalled Ottawa veteran Georges Joseph Charrier in a Memory Project inte...

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