Docbots and drones

Military medics used to paint their helmets or wear armbands with red crosses to make themselves more visible, signalling to the enemy that they, and the soldiers they cared for, were not combatants. In a once widely respected humanitarian rule of war, they were not deliberately targeted. But they can no longer count on...
  • Running into danger

    June 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Tough love and quadriplegic rugby helped Chis Klodt find his independence Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne In his 19-year-old mind, an athletic Chris Klodt acknowledged that premature death was a distinct possibility when he joined the army in 2001. He never considered that...
  • His share of the action

    June 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Graham Verrier was used to firefights. He served in Bosnia and Kosovo and four times in Afghanistan. Eventually, the biggest fight would be when he got home. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne First in, last out. It defines army reconnaissance. So it’s more...
  • “I was not the most popular person”

    June 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jim MacEacheran led the team investigating battlefield fatalities in Afghanistan. They often had to reassemble the remains of individuals blown apart. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Jim MacEacheran got a cool reception when he arrived in Afghanistan in 2002. It was not necessarily...
  • “You can’t regret life”

    May 26, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Paul Franklin wasn’t going to let the loss of his legs change him Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne For two years, Master Corporal Paul Franklin kept pictures on the wall of his cubicle in Land Force Western Area Headquarters at CFB Edmonton—they were...
  • “It crushed me”

    May 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Nine years ago, Mark Campbell was the high-value target of a Taliban remotely detonated bomb. Today, he says, “I lost my legs for all the right reasons.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The toughest part of Mark Campbell’s nine-year ordeal was being separated—not...
  • Halting the blood loss

    May 15, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Combat soldiers who have suffered battlefield wounds have never had a better chance of survival than they have today. Due to improvements in battlefield medicine and evacuation, 92 per cent of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan made it home alive, compared to about 75...