Refeeding the Netherlands

| May 5, 2020

The serious lack of food… In a few days time, 8 May 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE Day will be recognized. Prior to the declaration of peace, a ceasefire was established at 0800 HRS 5 May 1945. The people of the Netherlands were so very grateful to their Canadian liberators. The occupation of the […]

Willing Hands

| April 24, 2020

All the Following Days The tale of two soldiers…both runners (messengers) with the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada). Some days prior to the famed attack, whilst in the line near Vimy Ridge, Privates Alexander Broadfoot (130245) and James Mucklow (160827) stood near. Private Mucklow was on duty this day, 1 April 1917, […]

Selected from the Rescuers

| April 21, 2020

Camouflet a mine so charged and placed that its detonation will destroy enemy mining tunnels. 2a. an underground or subsurface explosion of a bomb or shell that leaves a sealed pocket of smoke and gas. 2b. a pocket formed in this way. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I return this evening to a favoured online resource. As I […]

May the Ink Never Fade

| April 16, 2020

The sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away. Captain Thomas Moore, British Army, 16 April 2020 Clang Clanger, Thump Thumplers and More The day has arrived at 7 PM. Watched clocks and timepieces have signaled an explosion of clang clangers about the block. Children join with parents as drums, pots […]

Song Above Machine Guns

| April 10, 2020

The Soldier 410457 George Gabriel Boland What’s he going to do this soldier – 410457? He was born in Wrexham, North Wales…served briefly in the U.S. Army…once was a sailor…with a Goddess of Liberty tattoo inked on his left arm. He stood 5’ 3.5”. At the time of his enlistment, in March 1915, George Gabriel […]