Youth’s thousand-yard stare speaks volumes in WW I documentary

For all the talk of the talking in director Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, it’s a scene in which those featured in the film don’t say anything that resonates perhaps more than any other. It comes at the storyline’s transition from the war’s outbreak in 1914 and the...
  • Two pictures, a thousand stories and millions of lives

    May 30, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. These two pictures spawned a thousand stories and to this day, some 70 years later, they speak in profound reflection to two triumphs and the prices paid. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal and...
  • Who won the war in Europe? Historians weigh in

    May 23, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    History isn’t always what we might assume it to be, and there appears to be no consensus among nations over the question of which country contributed most to the Allies’ Second World War victory in Europe. The North American public tends to assume that the...
  • They provided medical aid, comfort and peace to wounded and dying soldiers throughout decades of conflict, but it was during the First World War that the nursing sisters of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps came into their own. Nicknamed “Bluebirds” for their blue dresses...
  • Click here to read Part 1 of this two-part series. In March 2002, on a mountain near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border known as the Whale’s Back, a company from the vaunted U.S. 10th Mountain Division joined 400 Canadian troops and a handful of U.S. Navy Seals on an...
  • Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, the soldiers used to sing. Trouble is, in more recent times, the “kit bag” is the trouble. Relatively stable over centuries of warfare, soldiers’ loads have increased significantly in the past three decades, due largely to...
  • 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...