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War and Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story

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War and Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story

By Dieter K. Buse & Graeme S. Mount posted in the Sudbury Living Magazine November 1st,2015 Rain and snow. Mud, hunger, fatigue, cold. Enemy bullets, poison gas, deaths of buddies, the risk of one’s capture. Survivors’ lives cut short. These were the realities for thousands of Canadians who are remembered this year, the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War. Historians debate whether this war was avoidable, even whether it was worth fighting. Many judgments will be based upon information from the records of contemporary political and military leaders. Whatever the verdicts, the war’s outcome depended upon those...

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

By William Mclaughlin WWI was a terrifying fusion of old and new. An infantryman might have a slower-firing bolt action rifle, or he could find himself behind a rapid-firing Maxim gun. Mazes of trenches that ran for hundreds of miles were the setting of a lot of fighting. Trenches could be filled with gas, soaked and muddy, or partially collapsed by artillery. This made for frantic close-quarters-combat. In these confines and situations of overwhelming charges of men, melee weapons became extremely effective. A somewhat surprising fact is that the least preferred melee weapon was the bayonet, a knife attached to...

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Vimy Ridge and Thain MacDowell’s Victoria Cross

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Vimy Ridge and Thain MacDowell’s Victoria Cross

By Steve Brearton, U of T Magazine In the pre-dawn gloom of April 9, 1917, Canadian Army captain Thain MacDowell slipped over the top of his trench in northern France and began advancing toward Vimy Ridge. As heavy guns from his battalion rained shells down on German defensive positions, the 26-year-old MacDowell became separated from his fellow soldiers. Attended by only a pair of runners, he continued forward, lobbing a pair of hand grenades at two German machine gun nests that were guarding an underground dugout. MacDowell scored a direct hit. He approached the dugout and called down the tunnel...

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Terror fears put an end to Vimy Ridge trip

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Terror fears put an end to Vimy Ridge trip

Public school board ‘will exercise a high degree of caution’ as it axes trip to commemorate 1917 battle Waterloo Region Record By Jeff Outhit  WATERLOO REGION — The public school board says the terrorism risk is too great to send 80 students to France to honour Canadian soldiers who died to make France free. On Remembrance Day, the Waterloo Region District School Board confirmed it is cancelling an April trip to commemorate the 1917 battle at Vimy Ridge, widely regarded as a nation-building victory. The school board cites Canada's advice to "exercise a high degree of caution" when visiting France,...

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A POEM WORTH READING

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A POEM WORTH READING

With Remembrance day just past, I hope you had time to reflect on the sacrifices our Military endures, I was recently sent this poem and it is a poem worth reading. He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly For they knew where...

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