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Art of the war horse

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Art of the war horse

Art of the war horse 

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Mercifully, the First World War was the last major confrontation in which horses played a major role.

British cavalry were among the first units to see action in WW I, but they didn’t last. The war’s most impactful weapon—the machine gun—along with the mud and barbed wire of trench warfare would ultimately spell the end for equine-borne military.
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Witnessing genocide

Witnessing genocide

Story by Sharon Adams

In late 1993, Canadian General Roméo Dallaire was tasked to head a force of 2,500 United Nations peacekeepers sent to Rwanda to help implement a peace accord to end three years of civil war between the Hutus and Tutsis, a minority ethnic group.

The mission was a disaster.

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Bird strike caused fatal Snowbirds crash, report confirms

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Bird strike caused fatal Snowbirds crash, report confirms

Bird strike caused fatal Snowbirds crash, report confirms 

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A single small bird brought down a Canadian Snowbirds demonstration aircraft last year after it was sucked into the plane’s engine and caused a compressor stall, a flight safety report confirmed on March 29.

Both air crew escaped the CT-114 Tutor as it went down on takeoff near Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. But they were low and Captain Jennifer Casey—the team’s public affairs officer—was killed after she is believed to have become briefly entangled with her ejection seat and her parachute failed to fully open. The pilot, Capt. Richard MacDougall, landed on the roof of a house and was badly injured.

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Searching for Tirpitz

Searching for Tirpitz

Story by Sharon Adams

On March 31, 1944, Canadian destroyers HMCS Sioux and HMCS Algonquin left Scapa Flow in Scotland’s Orkney Islands to join Operation Tungsten, the hunt for the German battleship Tirpitz.

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Declassified documents shed new light on notorious sinking of USS Thresher

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Declassified documents shed new light on notorious sinking of USS Thresher

Declassified documents shed new light on notorious sinking of USS Thresher

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

At 8 a.m. on April 9, 1963, USS Thresher (SSN-593), the lead boat in its class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, left port at Kittery, Maine, for a series of dive tests in the deep ocean 350 kilometres east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after a nine-month overhaul.

Some 25 hours later, while Thresher was nearing test depth during its first deep-dive trials, USS Skylark, the submarine rescue ship that was on station at the time, received a garbled message via underwater telephone.

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Paratrooper medic awarded the Victoria Cross

Paratrooper medic received the Victoria Cross

Story by Sharon Adams

On the morning of March 24, 1945, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion jumped into heavily defended territory on the east bank of the Rhine River, part of the airborne assault during the Battle of the Bulge.
“They called it Operation Varsity,” recalled Herb Harris, a member of the battalion. “Our group of 2,000 men jumped together in six minutes, going out one on top of the other. We landed across the Rhine and we were right on top of the Jerries. It was intense fire—the Germans just opened up on us.”

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