Heroes And Villains

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Heroes and Villains: Smith & 26th Panzers

HERO: PRIVATE ERNEST ALVIA (SMOKEY) SMITH Having crossed Italy’s Savio River on the night of Oct. 21-22, 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s ‘C’ Company and newly formed tank-hunting platoon cut the Cesena–Ravenna road alongside a badly damaged church. The force numbered just 50 men. Twenty were tank hunters, heavily armed with four PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launchers. Among these...
  • Heroes and villains: Tecumseh and Procter

    September 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
      During the War of 1812, the disastrous defeat that led to First Nations Confederacy leader Tecumseh’s death resulted as much from his ally Major-General Henry Procter’s incompetence as from American fighting skill. Before the War of 1812, American westward settlement flooded across many First...
  • Kennedy and Khrushchev

    June 30, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    For 13 days in October 1962, the world stood on the precipice of nuclear Armageddon as President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev squared off during the Cuban missile crisis   On Jan. 20, 1961, newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy inherited an...
  • Heroes and Villains: Bethune and Franco

    May 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Feb. 8, 1937, some 150,000 Spanish civilians fled Málaga and General Francisco Franco’s closing Nationalist forces. Confined to a narrow coastal road, the refugees soon met Canadian doctor Norman Bethune   Norman Bethune, the 46-year-old former chief of thoracic surgery at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur Hospital, arrived...
  • Dallaire and Ngeze

    March 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    Roméo Dallaire and Hassan Ngeze likely never met, but the Canadian general’s efforts to prevent genocide in Rwanda conflicted with the plan of one of the masterminds behind the slaughter of the country’s Tutsi peoples On May 1, 1994, Major-General Roméo Dallaire arrived at the...
  • Churchill and Hitler

    December 31, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
    Winston Churchill and Adolph Hitler were both charismatic, demanding leaders who promised to restore order to their society after the disruption and devastation of the Great War. They were also mortal enemies with very different visions of what social order should look like.  Emnity  “If...
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