A German commander’s assessment of the D-Day invasion

A field report submitted by Adolf Hitler’s commander-in-chief on the western front said the Allies’ invading D-Day forces gained a foothold in occupied Europe due to four key factors. In the report filed two weeks after the June 6, 1944, invasion, Field Marshal Karl R. Gerd von Rundstedt said the Allies’ “complete mastery in...
  • In the early days of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, just as we were transitioning from Kabul to the badlands around Kandahar City, then-Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier made a point of rather prominently spelling out for Canadians that the new mission was, in...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
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