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Day: February 15, 2022

The Royal Navy’s war on trees
Front Lines

The Royal Navy’s war on trees

For almost two centuries through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, wars with France, wars with Spain and dozens of other wars, conquests and explorations, Britannia ruled the waves thanks largely to the mighty oak. At the zenith of Horatio Nelson’s navy in the late-1700s into the 1800s, it took about 4,000 oak trees, or up to 40 hectares of forest, to build a single 100-gun ship of the line. That’s equivalent to 3,750 city blocks of optimum-density oak forest for a vessel that, on average, sailed for 12 years. In 1790, shortly before the legendary admiral embarked upon more than a decade of successive victories at sea that cost him vision in his right eye, his right arm and, in 1805 at Trafalgar, his life, the Royal Navy’s entire sailing fleet consisted of some 300 ships. It...
Robert Shankland and the Victoria Cross
Military Milestones

Robert Shankland and the Victoria Cross

Robert Shankland was a Canadian hero who served in both world wars and earned the Victoria Cross. Shankland was born in Scotland but emigrated to Winnipeg in 1910. He boarded on Pine Street, later famous for being home to three Victoria Cross recipients, including Shankland, and renamed Valour Road in 1925. In 1914, he enlisted with the 43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) and was sent overseas in 1915. A year later, as a sergeant major, Shankland was in the trenches. In June 1916, the Germans launched a brutal attack on the Canadian Corps in the southern part of the Ypres Salient. They wanted to secure the last remaining high ground held by the British and force the Allies to abandon the salient. It began on June 2 with the heaviest artillery barrage yet endured b...
Should Canada increase its military involvement in the Indo-Pacific region?
Face to Face, Military History

Should Canada increase its military involvement in the Indo-Pacific region?

  Ernie Regehr says No De-escalating military tensions and halting the drift toward a Cold War with China are prerequisites for effectively addressing the Indo-Pacific region’s all-tooreal security challenges. These include North Korea’s nuclear weapons, territorial disputes among South China Sea coastal states, limits on freedom of navigation and the increasing danger of war over Taiwan. Deterrence—in the form of disincentives to armed combat—is part of the security equation, but is undermined when threats and counter threats escalate tensions and induce arms races. Until recently, China exercised restraint on the international military stage. Its military spending lagged well behind the West and it is still less than half that of the United States. China generally eschewed forei...

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