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Eight Cantleys and one Cantlie in the First World War

Of 619,636 Canadians recruited during the First World War, there were 7,432 Smiths and 148 Smyths, 2,965 McDonalds and 1,646 MacDonalds, 2,342 Johnsons and 1,532 Johnstons. There were 1,797 Stewarts and 294 Stuarts, 1,220 McLeans and 310 MacLeans. There were just eight Cantleys and one Cantlie. According to their service records posted online by...
  • It’s telling that the finalists for the most prestigious prize in photojournalism were all connected to some form of conflict, yet the principal subjects in all six photographs were civilians. For the first time in its 61-year history, the esteemed World Press Photo (WPP) competition...
  • Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

    July 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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...
  • Dam warfare

    July 13, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    How a terror group rooted in ancient texts and prophesies used the apocalyptic properties of water in its global war.     The Islamic State brought a multitude of weapons to bear in its crusade to create a global caliphate, but few raised more concern...
  • Reinhard Hardegen: Last of the U-boat aces

    July 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    He ranked No. 24 on the list of Germany’s Second World War U-boat aces but, in sheer chutzpah, few could compare with Reinhard Hardegen. Hardegen died in Germany on June 9 at age 105, the last of a breed both reviled and respected for preying...
  • Dangerous mission to Mali accepted

    July 5, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    Finally, after two and a half years of governing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government decided to send a small Canadian military mission to aid United Nations troops trying to enforce the peace in Mali in West Africa. The key part of the mission, announced in...
  • The Snowbirds backstage

    July 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s July 1. Nine pilots are seated around the table in a small boardroom at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 18 kilometres from Parliament Hill as the Snowbird flies. The room is a sea of Canadian red, for these are the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431...