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International, Politics, Society

Canada History: Aug 8, 1918: WWI- the beginning of the end

Epic battle and Canada’s 100 days. By this time in the First World War, Canadian troops had come to be feared by the Germans as the best of the Entente (Allied) forces. The Canadian reputation had begun early in the» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada history: Aug 6,1942; Battle of the Atlantic- a deadly duel in the fog

HMCS Assiniboine and U-210 It is the kind of battle that Hollywood might dream up as fantasy, but it was absolutely real. In August 1942 Canadian River class destroyer HMCS Assiniboine was escorting a convoy of 33 supply ships from» 

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Canada history: July 8, 1760 – ending French control in North America

Battle of the Restigouche: naval battle helped determine the future of North America After years of contention between France and Britain in North America and the final capture of Quebec City,  French influence was waning and in desperate straights. A» 

International, Society

Cottage cannon: Historic WWI howitzer finds a new home.

It’s certainly not every summer cottage in a serene setting surrounded by trees and nature that has a large artillery piece commanding the view out over the tranquil lake. For many decades a German Krupp 150mm heavy howitzer from WWI,» 

International, Politics

Iran-US tensions, cranked up another two notches

World oil prices climbed today on the news that Iran shot down a U.S. drone in a further incident in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries. The U.S. has already accused Iran of attaching mines to oil» 

International

D-Day 75: Canadian soldiers group tours battlefields prior to commemoration ceremony (interview)

As a prelude to the major ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a group of Canadian soldiers is touring battlefields, monuments, and cemeteries of the fallen in both World Wars. I spoke with Brigadier-General (ret’d)» 

International, Politics, Society

D-Day 75: Virtual reality education project (interview)

It was truly frightening, and deadly for far too many, but it had to be done. On June 6, 1944, about 150,000 Allied troops aboard flimsy landing craft being hit by bullets, shellfire, and underwater mines, pushed through the waves» 

International, Society

Sorry, Canadian veterans won’t be at D-Day 75 event at Bernieres

(updated May 30th) The 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy to free Europe from the Nazis will be a huge event, but apparently not quite as huge as the occasion would normally suggest, at least not at the» 

International, Politics, Society

Soldiers’ memorial to fallen Canadians in Afghanistan not open to families, veterans

‘An Insult’: Families of fallen and veterans not invited to dedication (public comments open on all stories- will be added after moderating) It was a memorial built by Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan to honour their fallen comrades and was» 

Society

Asian History Month: Private Frederick Lee, Canadian soldier WWI

As Canada entered the First World War, anti-Chinese immigrant sentiment was still very strong. In fact neither Chinese immigrants nor their descendants were allowed to become Canadian citizens. Fred Lee came from a large and relatively successful family in Kamloops»