Tag Archives: Canadian Army

Mapping Canada’s War Dead

Map journalism? Who’d have guessed  that maps could be such a fascinating way to paint a picture of Canada at war? Who’d have thought a television network could convey drama and danger and heartbreak … and all without a single reporter … Continue reading

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U.S. Presidential Unit Citations: the Canadian Heroes

The Americans have developed a unique way of honouring heroism in war. It’s in recognition of exception bravery bestowed not to an individual, but to an entire unit. It’s called the “Presidential Unit Citation.” You’d scarcely notice it … it’s … Continue reading

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Korean War: On the Right Side of History

Just before Christmas, sixty-three years ago this week, the decrepit troopship, USS Private Joe P. Martinez, pulled into Pusan harbor. Canada had come to the war. The place was a wreck … filthy, smokey, bomb-cratered .. it had been the … Continue reading

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Nukes in Asia

The first and only (so far) use of “atomic” weapons in history was against the Japanese. But we’ll never know how close we came to seeing a second atomic attack, only five years later, also in Asia. In Korea. The … Continue reading

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The Civil War, Korea, and Jews

The American Civil War. Canada in Korea. And Jews. What could these three themes possibly have in common? Something to ponder this Easter/Passover weekend, as Christians and Jews each celebrate a major event in their faiths. First, the Civil War: In December, 1862 … Continue reading

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The Korean War Goes to the Oscars

The Oscars are almost here.  South Korea’s submission as best foreign film is The Front Line … For heart-pounding combat, it’s tough to beat. It’s sort of a Private Ryan Goes to the Korean War. The Front Line is a version of the … Continue reading

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Ernest Shackleton … and other thoughts on leadership

Ninety years ago this January marked the death of one of the most remarkable leaders of modern times. And believe me, no one noticed the anniversary. Ernest Shackleton died January 5th, 1922. His lonely grave in a remote, godforsaken whaling station in … Continue reading

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