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Spitfire documentary soars with nostalgia

For its aerial cinematography alone, airplane geeks and war history buffs alike will love the new documentary Spitfire: The Plane That Saved the World. Under the image direction of renowned aviation photographer John Dibbs, the aerial footage—set against dramatic cloudscapes, the pastoral English countryside, the English Channel and, of course, the white cliffs of...
  • The story of a forgotten airplane

    March 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In early March, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, led an expedition 800 kilometres east of Australia, where he found the long-lost wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea almost 76 years ago. Among the stunning...
  • 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...
  • A proper reaction

    March 1, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    In early October, the army made it clear that the Canadian Armed Forces was not about to let racist behaviour among its members derail its reputation. Last year, some members of the CAF crossed the line from being military professionals to engaging in behaviour that...
  • 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...
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