Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

The Jack Tars of the Royal Navy may have ruled the seven seas in the 19th century, but Royal Air Force pilots owned the skies over Britain in the 20th. Indeed, Britain’s “finest hour,” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill called it, came mainly thanks to RAF pilots, whose staunch defence and willing sacrifice against overwhelming...
  • The changing face of recruiting

    March 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canadian demographics are changing and military recruiters will have to change with them if they want to keep up, says Darrell Bricker. “We have this perception of who this country is that is no longer true,” the chief executive officer of Ipsos Public Relations told...
  • Statues in changing times

    February 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    History is written by the victors—a quote that has widely been attributed to Winston Churchill, and also to Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Niccolo Machiavelli and Walter Benjamin, a German Jewish philosopher who committed suicide in 1940 rather than be caught by the Nazis. But victors...
  • The dream of space thrives

    February 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When I was young, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches out of Cape Canaveral were family television events without parallel. There was a sense of awe surrounding those NASA missions, culminating years later in the triumphant moon landings. We followed every one, minute-by-transfixed-minute, on a...
  • The truth about Poland

    February 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The names are synonymous with Nazi Germany’s diabolical plan to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population: Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz. All of them, and multiple other extermination and concentration camps, were in German-occupied Poland. At least half the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust were Poles...
  • Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

    February 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the...
  • Weapons report finds IS has a robust supply chain

    February 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A report by an investigative organization says about 90 per cent of weapons and ammunition used by Islamic State (IS) fighters comes from China, Russia and Eastern European producer states—much of it purchased by the terrorist group’s declared enemies, the United States and Saudi Arabia....
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