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    Siberian Army Unit Helps Orphan Who Asked For Tank Ride as New Year Gift

    "I find I have liked all the soldiers of different race who have fought with me and most of those who have fought against me. This is not strange, for there is a freemasonry among fighting soldiers that helps them understand one another, even if they are enemies." - Gen. Sir William Slim...
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    Don Cherry to receive honorary doctorate from RMC

    http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/335061/un-doctorat-honorifique-pour-don-cherry The article refers to RMC as being merely an "Ontario" establishment, as opposed to a national/Canadian institution ... (personally, I'll be interested to see if the RMC professors who object to Don Cherry's...
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    "Sea Marshals'R'Us" inc.???

    (I'd LOVE to be an "Sea Marshal" on a cruise ship ... and I've always had a soft spot for "pom-pom" guns ... maybe we should start up a business ... ??) Nov. 5, 2005. 11:26 AM    Pirates attack luxury cruise ship off Africa Crew able to fight off smaller vessels LONDON (AP) â ” Pirates...
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    U of T course: "War and Morality"

    I took this crse a few years back when it was PHL278, and enjoyed it. No idea what this year's serial will be like, but thought I'd mention it in case anybody would like to take it (and, I'm not sure if it's run every year - back when I took it, it was only offered every other year ...)
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    Canadian Global Airlift Reserve (CGAR), Cdn Air Force Auxiliary (CAFA)

    What do the CGAR and CAFA have in common? Neither of them got off the ground ... (pun intended). However, I remember reading that once upon a time the US maintained an agreement with their major air carriers whereby a certain number of aircraft were designated for use by the military - perhaps...
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    The ability of a sovereign nation to defend/rescue its' citizens ...

    This could eventually be a case study for our new SOG. Why am I reminded of that scene from "The Fifth Element" where Bruce Willis asks "... anybody else want to negotiate?" ... (but, then again - the Ozzies don't mention anything about negotiating ... they only mention "seek the release" ...)...
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    Tigers - Extinct, on "Death Watch", or ... ?

    I'm launching this one to counter-attack the "blahs" (and waking at 0230 hrs ...). On one hand, "we live in interesting times" ... to quote an intriguing curse. However, as I watch "office chameleons" around me start mindlessly reciting buzz words as they rush to get on board the Army...
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    Medals parades - why not make them public?

    At a reserve unit, medals parades are almost invariably held in the evening or on a weekend. Thus, it always seemed natural to me that families and friends could and would attend. Furthermore, it caught me offguard when I learned a local medals parade would be held 0800 hrs on a weekday (i.e...
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    Military News outage

    Unfortunately, the Canadian Forces College "Spotlight On Military News" has taken a hit. As a result, it's no longer available on weekends or holidays, and is only being updated during "normal" office hours (i.e. previously, it was manually updated in the wee hours of the morning, which enabled...
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    EH 101 - The Next Chapter: Court Challenge (and politics ...)

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/04/06/pf-985137.html Sea King case going ahead By MICHAEL TUTTON HALIFAX (CP) - Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a full trial over Ottawa's handling of a $5-billion contract to replace the military's fleet of aging Sea King...
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    Stolen ID - Countermeasures

    [received this from a friend in the OPP - it seems to make sense, so I'm sharing] ATTORNEY'S ADVICE -- NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice. A corporate attorney sent the following out to the...
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    28 Mar 2005: IED wounds Canadian in Afghanistan

    [Note:  It only mentions "a Canadian", and an embassy veh - no other info re: individual] [ Article ] [1] - Assumption made that it was an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED [2] - This refers to the landmine in the preceding sentence
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    Seen the elephant

    I only recently ran across the expression "seen the elephant", and my curiousity got the better of me. After doing a hasty Google search, I wasn't sure whether to post this under Military Literature (since it's become an idiom) but eventually decided it belongs here in Military History (i.e...
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    Boycott Cambridge U - they've banned the kilt!

    The topic of appropriate dress regulations for students has been in the headlines lately, both in Canada and abroad.  Here's one I'd never have imagined before ... a university banning students from wearing military uniforms, and worse ... the kilt! (well, as you can imagine, I've placed...
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    More on the Tamil Tigers

    (keeping in mind that Toronto is reported to be home to approx 200,000 Tamils ... who exercise an undue influence upon the federal Liberal party ...) 'Women Tiger cadres shot soldier' BBC The women were manning the rebels' forward defence line Women cadres of the Tamil Tigers were...
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    "Hit The Beach - Landing Under Fire", by Simon Foster

    Found this on the "bargain" table and picked it up (for my "next to the exercise bike" library) - only got around to it now, but it's quite timely ... A few sentences immediately leapt out at me: "... 'Amphibiosity', as the practioner terms it, gives a country the means to intervene to restore...
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    Rules to Live By

    Noticed this post in another thread, and thought a new thread might breathe life into our day ... (as opposed to flogging dead horses ...) And, so ... here are a few more:
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    "By Order of the President", W.E.B. Griffin

    Okay - two disclaimers to begin with: First, I'm a HUGE W.E.B. Griffin fan - especially his "Brotherhood of War" series (my nickname is "Duke", and "huge" has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a goalie ... and, yes - size does matter ... but, I digress ...) Second, in my opinion it's okay...
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    Ottawa antics ...

    Hope somebody else gets a chuckle out of this story ... (i.e. "Testicles in the know ...") A funny thing happened on the way to the Commons By DAN DUGAS     OTTAWA (CP) - Call it Lost in Translation, the Canadian sequel. Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan is said to be livid over gaffes on...
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    US defence budget (as a contrast to ours ...)

    As we all know, the Canadian defence budget is a pittance if compared to the rest of NATO by stating it as a percentage of our gross ... It really hits home when you hear numbers like "... an increase of 4.8 per cent ..." and then find out that represents 19 billion dollars ... (it's so ironic...
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