Elmer Cole: “I don’t think we’ll make it back to the pub tonight”

Trooper Elmer Cole spent nine hours driving a Churchill tank at Dieppe on Aug. 19, 1942, trying to hold off German forces and find a way past the obstacles inland. The stone beach was already littered with dead Canadians and disabled tanks from the King’s Own Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade...
  • What the Russians left behind in Syria

    March 31, 2016 by Adam Day
    Now that Vladimir Putin has officially ended the Russian bombing campaign in Syria—where the main targets of his bombs were Syrian rebels, not ISIS—it has come to light that some of their normally secretive special operations forces have been committed to battle against the Islamic...
  • There’s no shortage of pundits willing to explain what’s happening in the world right now – the Middle East in flames, refugees inundating Europe, and a steady stream of terrorist atrocities across the world. The latest of these attacks killed dozens across two separate sites...
  • A year of heavy bombing

    March 17, 2016 by Adam Day
    Of the many ways to look at the global conflict situation in the past year or two, perhaps one of the starkest comes from an analysis of where the United States and its coalition partners (including Canada) have used airpower, and how often. According to...
  • So many missions, one common enemy

    March 10, 2016 by Adam Day
    While Canada’s involvement in the war against ISIS in Iraq seems to be escalating (at least in numbers of troops involved on the ground, if not in numbers of ISIS killed) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear that it sees Canada’s military...
  • Lost in all the news about war in the Middle East is that there is still a simmering conflict in Ukraine’s east between loyalist Ukrainians and rebels allied with Russian interests. Much of Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia is still not under the control of...
  • Bin Laden’s letters home

    March 4, 2016 by Adam Day
    He may have been one of the most dastardly millionaires in history, but not even Osama bin Laden was above writing flattering letters to his father asking for money. “To start,” bin Laden writes to his dad, “I do not forget your favour in raising us,...