George Alfred Newburn: A soldier of the First World War

His name was George Alfred Newburn, a labourer from Victoria who was killed during the Battle of Hill 70 in France on Aug. 15, 1917. He was just 18 years old, although Newburn would have you believe he was 20. For almost a century, Private Newburn was listed as missing in action. Then one...
  • No connection between deployments and terrorist threats

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There is no “automatic link” between Canada’s participation or lack of it in anti-terror operations overseas and security at home, says the chief of the defence staff. Joining in the fight against ISIS or others doesn’t mean Canada will be targeted by terror groups any...
  • Expecting cyber-attacks in Latvia

    March 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    While most of the 450 Canadian troops deploying to Latvia in June will be conducting traditional operations and exercises asserting their presence and fostering good relations in the Russian border republic, a cadre of specialists will be engaged in all-out warfare–cyber-warfare, that is. Overseas and...
  • Armoured vehicles get upgrade

    February 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III recently pegged for a $404-million upgrade is the backbone of the army–an eight-wheeled, Canadian-built troop carrier and weapons platform that steered the course of modern infantry configuration. Acquiring them in 1999, the federal government has invested $1.5 billion over...
  • Canadian alliances reconfirmed in White House meeting

    February 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      They didn’t get much attention in the headlines, but defence issues constituted a significant proportion of talks during the first meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, Feb. 13. Between references to economic policy, women’s issues and border...
  • New peacekeeping solutions required, says defence minister

    February 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ask veteran soldiers their feelings about peacekeeping missions and chances are you’ll get a negative response. Acting as a third-party referee and police force in areas of hostility is like doing the job with one hand tied behind your back, they’ll say. Strict rules of...
  • Defence minister says NATO still plays a critical role

    February 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The survival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not in question, Canada’s defence minister suggested Feb. 1, nor is American involvement in the 68-year-old defence pact. In a wide-ranging interview with Legion Magazine, Harjit Sajjan expressed confidence the treaty will prevail despite President Donald...
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