The seizing of Europe’s bells

The bells that rang out across allied nations after the First World War ended what for many had been a four-year silence enforced by regulation in some places and imposed by confiscation in others. In Germany and across Europe, tens of thousands of bronze bells—some imparting “the songs of the angels” since the 12th century—had...
  • Blooming dandelions: Taking strength from adversity

    April 25, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Researcher Sarah Dentry-Travis made an interesting discovery while on two polar treks alongside some of Canada’s wounded warriors: great adversity can bring out the best in the most unexpected people. “You have people who have PTSD, who have extreme physical injuries, and people talk about...
  • High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life

    April 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 2001, marine archeologist Ken Cassavoy got an intriguing phone call from a friend and colleague who had just been for a stroll along Southampton Beach on Lake Huron. Duncan McCallum had stumbled upon the blackened ribs of what turned out to be a...
  • Know your enemy: Meet the crew of U-210

    April 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The senior surviving officer from U-210, a German U-boat sunk by HMCS Assiniboine in 1942, was despised by crewmates and Allied interrogators alike, a “fanatical Nazi” whose hubris quickly evaporated in a storm of fear and protest the moment his pasty epidermis hit the icy...
  • The Yankees were thinking of coming!

    April 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Less than a century after the Americans were defeated in the War of 1812, the U.S. Naval War College, Class of 1894, came up with a hypothetical plan to give it another try—by invading Halifax and destroying Pictou County’s coal mines. In the paper Attack...
  • Climb aboard a water-borne improvised explosive device

    March 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Rebels in Yemen are wielding a new naval weapon on the Red Sea, but it took some time after it was first used for authorities to realize what they were dealing with. An explosives-laden boat belonging to Yemen’s Ansar Allah, or Houthi, forces collided with...
  • Belgian king returns field gun to Canada

    March 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s been nearly a century since Canadian guns fell silent at Mons, Belgium, the last city they liberated before Germany surrendered and the war to end all wars was ended. Canadian 18-pound field guns, ubiquitous among Allied forces between 1914 and 1918, are said to...
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