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Skirmish at Duck Lake

The Northwest Rebellion—or Northwest Resistance, depending on which side of history you are on—began on March 26, 1885, in Saskatchewan near the junction of two trails, one of which led to Batoche and the other to Fort Carlton. The buffalo were disappearing, the government had stinted on promised treaty payments and on food rations,...
  • Canadian leads coalition against Gadhafi

    March 18, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi responded harshly to opponents and citizens as the demonstrations of the Arab Spring devolved toward civil war in 2011. He vowed to eradicate them house by house. To protect civilians, the United Nations called for a ceasefire and imposed a no-fly...
  • Fighting in the Rhineland

    March 11, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    First Canadian Army saw its first combat on German soil during the Second World War at the Battle of the Rhineland between Feb. 8 and March 11, 1945. And bloody it was. The Germans were heavily armed, well supplied and fanatical, dug in behind a...
  • Battling the enemy and the weather

    March 4, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    In March 1945, after cloudy weather foiled a February bombing raid, Allied air forces zealously attacked Chemnitz, a major German industrial centre, 260 kilometres south of Berlin, close to the Austrian border. It was a rail junction with one of the largest Nazi railway repair...
  • Canadians’ baptism of fire

    February 26, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    The Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry got its first taste of battle in the Boer War on the murderous Bloody Sunday in mid-February 1900 at Paardeberg Drift, which claimed 1,300 British casualties, including 18 dead and 60 wounded Canadians. Within 10 days the regiment was...
  • How to beat the bomber

    February 19, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Ten years ago on Feb. 19, an improvised explosive device was found under a major road in Afghanistan. The device was placed about 10 metres down a small culvert—out of reach of equipment, impossible to shield. A robot couldn’t finish the job. There was nothing...
  • The last of the U-boats is scuttled

    February 12, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On Feb. 12, 1946, U-3514 was sunk off the coast of Northern Ireland in Operation Deadlight, meant to ensure elimination of the German submarine fleet after the war. The sub was sunk at 10:04 a.m. by ship guns and depth charges, the last of 116...
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