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Jitter and snatch patrols in Korea

In the spring of 1952, the Allies in Korea were starving for intelligence on Chinese forces, which went to ground (and underground) between attacks. Two new strategies were employed, one to get enemy soldiers to give away their positions, and the other to capture prisoners for interrogation. The troops labelled them jitter and snatch...
  • Canadian Air Force becomes royal

    April 1, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On April 1, 1924, Canada’s flying service was renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force. Its motto Through Adversity to the Stars is fitting indeed. In September 1914, just one month after entering the First World War, Canada sent one aircraft of the Canadian Aviation Corps...
  • Skirmish at Duck Lake

    March 24, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    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...
  • 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...
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