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    How The Artillery Works - M777

    That is pretty well it, although there are variations in the way different artilleries carry out details. Our fire orders are, or used to be anyhow, more abbreviated; we would omit what we consider superfluous terms (like dropping call signs after comms is established in the initial call for...
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    US Army Reviving the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

    Just sit down and have a deep breath or two. During my last years of service, I was the desk officer for some of this stuff. We started to develop airborne forces in our three regular battalions, 1 RCHA, and others, in the late 1940s. The first airborne exercise was Sweetbrian circa early 1950...
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    PPCLI Regimental Day

    All the best to Patricias everywhere. For my contribution, as I sip my first beer around 1700, I'll silently sing a ditty I learned a million years ago, stationed in Fort Prince of Wales next to the First Patricias in Fort Mac. The first line goes something like this: "In Nineteen-Hundred-and...
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    After watching our ministers address the issue, I can only think of the old saw that talk is cheap and military rebuilding is not, and they will opt for the cheapest solution.
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    Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis

    I suspect there may be an announcement of one, but then, as things cool off, it will be chipped away. I've seen this sort of thing before, and also well-meaning announcements like Allard'scirca 1969 claim that 4 CMBG was going to be converted to the finest air mobile force on earth, followed by...
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    Trudeau Popularity - or not. Nanos research

    I have been used by EKOS research as an on line polling resource for several years, perhaps for more than a decade. They have me categorized by age group, work status, income, etc and it is not unusual to be dropped if they have already filled their quota for my demographic.
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    Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis

    I suggest we see what is in the next budget for DND, including changes in terms of numbers and when the money flows, or not. Remember, after all the noise and punditry, how things did not really change after General Baril, the CDS at the time, took the fall for PM Chretien missing the King of...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    One scenario was for the Russians to capture Kiev and replace the existing government with pro-Russian puppets. These folks would then declare a ceasefire and order their forces to lay down their arms. Whether this order would be obeyed by all the forces is another matter. Perhaps the statement...
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    An old piece of iron - C1A1

    I recall the C1s, and later the C1A1s, had different stock lengths indicated by a S, M, L, or XL on the bottom of the stock just aft of where it joined the body. Personal opinion: something was wrong as I have relatively short arms, but rated a XL stop length by the fit test in the QM. And...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I had just worked my way up to TC F Tp in 1 RCHA in the Spring of 1964 when Lt Marmo was posted in as Troop Leader on commissioning. He was, shall we say, an individual individual. Just about the first thing he managed to do was totally alientate all the troops by "coffee break" on Day One...
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    Montreal police ticket veteran bagpiper for carrying traditional knife

    When I was a Phase One officer cadet, part of the introduction to our new world, was a series of lectures on customs of the service, dress, and the like. Not surprisingly then, must of it was based on British practice, especially as many veterans had yet to turn 40 back in 1960. The literature...
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    Canada's History of poor MNDs

    And is there any relevance to the tiidbit that Brooke Claxton was a BSM who was awarded the DCM, while the others were officers or without service, some, such as Danson, after non-commissioned service?
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    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    We used to refer to the statue that makes the spot as "Herman the German" back in the 60s. I used it in a resection for a battery survey scheme once, along with two or three church steeples in nearby villages. That was nearby for us; Herman was a long way off, and my BRO crew (yours truly, Sgt...
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    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Here is a bit of background on why we fought the way we did in the attack and exploitation. The short answer is three words: the Germany Army. The Germans has the hasty counter-attack, and offensive action in their DNA. It was natural for them to immediately strike back with whatever they could...
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    Infantry Tactics

    I have taken my time responding, in part because I found this discussion appallingly shallow. We are debating how we participate in a shooting war of unspecified intensity, but appear to think it will start and remain what used to be called a "come as you are" conflict. Any potential enemy, and...
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    Unrest in Haiti, Again

    All things considered, i would not be the least bit surprised. Might even be a few votes in it.
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    Canada and the Normandy Campaign

    Re Keller, there was a very uncomplimentary saying in vogue at the time about him that circulated, not least of all, among his senior commanders and staff. It was "Keller was Yeller". His CRA, Brig Stan Todd, actually dropped it once in the late 70s or early 80s in front of the assembled...
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    Unrest in Haiti, Again

    A "gang" murdered the President of Haitis and critically wounded his wife in an attack on their residence last night. As can be seen in this report, reproduced under the Fair Dealings provision of the Copyright Act, the situation is unclear. PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haitian President Jovenel...
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    Canada and the Normandy Campaign

    "Stacey wouldn't say it was with Bde and Div Commanders because they were running the Army at the time." This is a key factor, even if historians are reluctant to state for a lack of concrete proof. A couple of points, first it was the Queen's Own Rifles at Mesnil-le-Patry, not the Royal...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I may be demonstrating my age, but a Striker Anti-Tank Battalion can't fight by itself. It would have to cross-group with other units, and be supported by artillery, engineers, etc. Circa 1963 the Canadian regular infantry consisted of 13 battalions, grouped into six regiments: Canadian Guards...