Snakes on a chopper: Vietnam vets tell harrowing serpentine tales

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Front Lines
Snakes on a chopper: Vietnam vets tell harrowing serpentine tales

Snakes on a chopper: Vietnam vets tell harrowing serpentine tales

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

“Any veterans out there run into snakes while serving?”

Thus began a thread on Facebook’s “Vietnam: Helicopter War” page that took readers on a raucous thrill ride through the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The post included a picture of troops holding a fat snake at least six metres long, evidently dead. A well-travelled veteran identified it as a Burmese python.

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Recounting CEF’s first battle

Recounting CEF’s first battle

Story by Sharon Adams

The Canadian Expeditionary Force’s first battle experience, aside from a trench raid, came in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in mid-March 1915.

The Canadians were tasked with preventing the Germans from reinforcing their position while the British pushed through enemy lines to advance the front. A new front was established, but the Allies were unable to exploit their advantage and press on due to difficulty transmitting orders and a lack of reserves.

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