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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...
  • The thinning of the Canadian Armed Forces

    October 16, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    Late last spring there was discussion in the press about Canada’s policy disallowing non-Canadian citizens from joining the Canadian Armed Forces. One view put forward was that the current problem of maintaining enough recruits to keep the military at levels put forward by Strong, Secure,...
  • Policing the Medak Pocket

    October 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The images are seared into Bob Munro’s mind, as clear today, a quarter-century later, as they were then. It was the autumn of 1993 and in the aftermath of the bloody confrontation in Croatia’s Medak Pocket, RCMP Inspector Bob Munro (ABOVE) and his team of...
  •  It had to be the worst of all bad ideas. Saturday, March 7, 1807. HMS Halifax, a Royal Navy sloop, lies off Hampton Roads, Va. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing, and the British are in Chesapeake Bay, blockading two French warships that had...
  • Ross Mitchell: A sniper from the farm

    September 26, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ross Mitchell of Douglas, Man., was just 18 when he began infantry training with the Canadian army in 1943. Told he would not be sent overseas until he was 19, he decided to give the airborne a try. He spent the summer of 1944 running...
  • Taking solace in the
    not-so-little things

    September 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Sometimes, the little things make a big difference. Sometimes the little things add up. And sometimes the little things are all you have. It might be wise to remember this as Canadian troops ramp up their peace operations in Mali, where they are conducting medical...
  • CANEX: The company store

    September 12, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in the day, some 40-plus years ago, the CANEX store was a big deal to Brian Hynes and all the military brats with whom he hung out. Born the son of an air force navigator based at Comox, B.C., Hynes saw his share of...
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