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Canadian pilots respond to crisis in Kosovo

On June 2, 1999, intense diplomatic negotiations began in the Balkans, bringing to an end 78 days of military bombing in Kosovo, in which Royal Canadian Air Force pilots took part. In 1989, Serbian president Slobodan Milošević repealed constitutional autonomy of the province of Kosovo; Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who had long suffered persecution by...
  • The law reaches Fort Whoop-Up

    October 9, 2019 by Sharon Adams
      In 1873, the people of what is now southern Alberta and Saskatchewan had a serious complaint. With no police force, traders and outlaws who had fled prohibition in the United States had established a well-defended fort where they traded buffalo robes and sold U.S....
  • HMCS Iroquois damaged in Korea

    September 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
      HMCS Iroquois was on its first tour of duty in Korea, under frequent fire as it patrolled the peninsula’s east coast, itself frequently firing on North Korean rail lines. A tunnel near Songjin on the main rail line carrying war supplies from Russia to...
  • BOMARC missiles come to Canada

    September 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In 1957, the United States and Canada signed the North American Air Defence Agreement to place their air forces under joint command to facilitate defence of the entire continent from Soviet nuclear bombers. On Sept. 23, 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced that under that...
  • Newfoundland Regiment arrives at Suvla Bay

    September 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Newfoundland Regiment got its first taste of trench warfare not in France or Belgium but at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where it joined a British army brigade on Sept. 20, 1915. For months, the British and troops from Australia and New Zealand...
  • Canada’s Armed Forces are apt to see many more deployments to Africa. Of the 30 most fragile states in the world, 21 are in Africa, and many of those are French-speaking. It has been estimated that by 2050, 80 per cent of all French-speaking people...
  • Merchant navy veterans get their day

    September 6, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Winston Churchill said that the only thing that ever really frightened him during the Second World War was the U-boat peril. Britain’s entire war effort and the survival of its people were dependent on convoys of cargo ships from North America manned by merchant sailors....
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