Water-borne improvised explosive devices

From the Legion Magazine.


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Climb aboard a water-borne improvised explosive device

Climb aboard a water-borne
improvised explosive device

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Rebels in Yemen are wielding a new naval weapon on the Red Sea, but it took some time after it was first used for authorities to realize what they were dealing with. Now the weapons investigation organization Conflict Armament Research (CAR) has published the first detailed images and descriptions of what it is calling a water-borne improvised explosive device, or WBIED.

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Charge of the cavalry

Charge of the cavalry

Story by John Boileau

For thousands of years, men on horseback were an essential part of warfare. Mounted soldiers—cavalry—were scouts, reserves or attack forces, used when speed, shock action or long distances were involved. The cavalry was a proven and necessary component of most armies. That all changed in the First World War as machine guns, barbed wire, trenches, minefields and artillery barrages led to huge increases in casualties and severely restricted mobility, a key advantage of cavalry. However in March 1918, mounted Canadian soldiers launched one of warfare’s last great attacks on horseback. #LestWeForget

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This week in history
This Week in History

March 30, 1918

In a cavalry charge at Moreuil Wood, France, Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew orders an attack on two lines of German infantry, causing heavy casualties and forcing the enemy to retire. Flowerdew is mortally wounded and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

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