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Forming the Canadian Airborne Regiment

With the formation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment on April 8, 1968, the Chief of the Defence Staff General Jean Victor Allard achieved his dream of a flexible immediate response force. He intended it to be quite different. “This regiment would not reflect the identity of a Victorian-era regiment because its members would serve...
  • Canadians take Hill 70

    August 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Battle of Hill 70 was a 10-day Canadian Corps victory in the First World War that came at a terrible cost to both sides. It began on Aug. 15, 1917, and by the end of the first day alone, 1,056 Canadians had been killed,...
  • Escape from a burning Chinook

    August 7, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On Aug. 5, 2010, a Canadian Chinook and two Griffon helicopters were flying typical supply missions ferrying troops and equipment between Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases in the volatile Panjwaii district in Afghanistan. Airborne mission commander Captain William Todd Fielding was doing pre-landing checks...
  • First CF-18 enters the fleet

    July 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    A huge red carpet cut in the shape of a maple leaf lay on a runway in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 28, 1982. Test pilot Jack Krings landed, then taxied a CF-18 Hornet onto that carpet, stopping just a few metres from the reviewing...
  • Canadians under fire in Cyprus

    July 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Canadians had already been on peacekeeping duty in Cyprus for a decade when things really got hot the summer of 1974. It did not take long after Cyprus gained independence in 1960 for tensions to escalate between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, each favouring uniting with...
  • The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

    July 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Great Depression was a time of wild political idealism around the world. There was wide talk about the need for reform, or even a new social order. In Canada, a third of the labour force was unemployed, many people relied on government relief to...
  • The sinking of the Königsberg

    July 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    When the First World War broke out, Harold James Arnold was a wireless operator working in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of British Columbia. In 1915, he earned a Distinguished Service Order for his actions July 6 and...