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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...
  • War comes to Sydney Harbour

    March 17, 2020 by Tom MacGregor
    Deserted and covered with graffiti for decades, the old concrete gun battery at Chapel Point in North Sydney on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island was restored last summer as part of a local project to create a 48.5-hectare park devoted to Canada’s military history. The...
  • 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...
  • History repeats

    March 7, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There are two certainties in war: death and suffering. Flag-raisings might be another. Flags declare victory, as Red Army troops did (below) in raising the Hammer and Sickle over the Reichstag in Berlin on May 2, 1945. The flag, originally symbolizing the alliance of workers...
  • 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...
  • Skripal & GRU

    March 4, 2020 by Mark Zuehlke
    SERGEI SKRIPAL On March 4, 2018, 66-year-old former double agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found “in extremely serious condition” on a park bench in Salisbury, England. The daughter—just arrived from Moscow the previous day—was comatose. Skripal was conscious, but disoriented. Rushed...
  • Face to Face

    March 4, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    With hindsight, qualified by the modern moral temperament, the deliberate destruction by Canadian troops of much of Friesoythe on April 13-14, 1945, is indefensible. Ostensibly, Major-General Christopher Vokes’ exact orders were: “Burn the fucking town!” The order arose from his understanding that Argyll and Sutherland...
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