Dunkirk: Operation Dynamo

| July 22, 2017

Identifying the Regiment The evacuation of Dunkirk was a success wrought from devastation. Churchill, the British Prime Minister understood that victory could not come from retreat, the war was young, surrender not an option. Not wanting to give much away after viewing Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk I thought instead to would share the history of one […]

Tamzine!

| July 19, 2017

Tempest and Tranquility Less than 15’ in length the 1937-constructed Tamzine is believed to be the smallest of the little ships that set forth to the beaches of Dunkirk where it helped save soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force; many of whom would fight on these shores again and across Northwest Europe. Tamzine, built of Canadian […]

Canada’s Birthday from Coast to Coast to Coast

| July 1, 2017

July 1 – Remembrance and Celebration Its Canada’s birthday a time to reflect on the past 150 years of counting though we well recognize that there was much time before the counting. We celebrate our achievements, cast our minds upon our foibles, provide recognition, and generally say good things about ourselves. Within the glow of […]

In the morning, evening, at night…

| May 1, 2017

Om morgonen, kvelden, natta* In the darkness of the early morning the men of Alberta waited for the barrage to commence which would send them “over the top.” In spite of the heavy enemy bombardment, there were few casualties before the opening of the attack; but in front, swept by rifle and machine-gun fire and […]

The True North Strong and Free

| April 10, 2017

They did not waiver. This was Canada at its best. The Canadians at Vimy embodied the true north, strong and free. Extract from Prince Charles’ speech, Vimy, April 9, 2017 Within these few lines some words from Canada’s national anthem, …the true north, strong and free. Words to ponder upon a ridge or to feel […]