Newsletter - RUSI Vancouver
Highlights of the April 16 Newsletter
World War II: April 18 - 23, 1944
John Thompson Strategic Analyst - Quotes from his book “Spirit Over Steel”
USMC Wants to Equip LAR Units with Long-Range Precision Fires
Matthew Cox, military.com - Mar 07, 2019
A Sticky Situation: Super Glue in Warfare
Super Glue actually was used to seal up battle wounds during the Vietnam War.
Micheal Chimaobi Kalu - Mar 11, 2019
Education-to-Employment Pathways for CAF Members
Justine Arsenault - Apr 11, 2019
Soldiers 1900-Year-Old Payslip Confirms ‘the System’ is Immortal
Task & Purpose, James Clark - Mar 25, 2019
Vancouver Artillery Association Yearbook Updates
Who Is It?
15th Field Artillery Regiment "Mixed Dining In" - Apr 27
BCIT Military Employment Fair
‘Support the Troops’ Offers and Discounts
NOABC 74th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic - May 4
2019 Army Gala - May 11
Invitation to Ft Rodd Hill event – May 17, 2019
Robert W. Mackay's Newsletter "Forces with History"
On March 29, 1918 the Canadian Cavalry Brigade was bivouacked on the west bank of the Noye River near Guyencourt in northern France. It had been eight days since the enemy attacked and broke through the French and British lines on a 40-mile-wide front. During that time the brigade had fought numerous running battles. Little did they know that the next day would be their defining moment in what became known as the Great War.
First at the walk and then at the gallop the brigade followed Seely through the village of Castel, across the Avre River, and up the ridge to the northwest corner of Moreuil Wood. All three regiments, the Dragoons, the Strathcona’s, and the Fort Garrys would see ferocious action that day. The most celebrated event was the ultimately disastrous charge of the Strathcona’s C Squadron when Gordon Flowerdew, VC, led his men against a German force who, contrary to expectations, were not caught off guard. Flowerdew and many of his men paid the ultimate price, but the spirit of their action lives on.
For some photos taken during last year’s 100th anniversary of the battle—featuring descendants of soldiers who were at Moreuil Wood during those brutal days—click here.
The Navy has been much in the news lately: contracts for the Canadian Surface Combatant signed; future RCN replenishment ships to leapfrog the construction queue; and a submarine life extension program.
But here are three items that give a disturbing or ironic picture, depending on your viewpoint.
1. Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix and frigate HMCS Regina are off to the west. They’ll take part in exercises in the Asia-Pacific region, and later move to the Middle East on operational duty. Asterix is the vessel converted for naval requirements in the Davie Shipyard in Quebec, much to the annoyance of Irving Shipyards in Halifax. Irving, and it seemed the government, were put out because the defeated Conservative government had authorized the Asterix job in the first place. In spite of that, Asterix has performed in exemplary fashion. And—wonder of wonders, in the world of government projects—was built "on budget and on time.”
2. Vice Admiral Mark Norman, who was then Vice Chief of Defence Staff, is charged with leaking secret cabinet documents. Apparently the documents, if he leaked them, related to alleged Irving moves to stop the conversion of Asterix. We don’t know what the truth of the matter is, but his defence team is seeking production of Canadian Forces documents related to the Norman matter. Apparently high-level government conferences dealing with the issue resulted in no notes or memos of any sort being produced. And the Chief of Defence Staff, Norman’s former boss, is embarrassed on the witness stand because the Forces are having trouble finding documents related to the case.
3. Mark Norman, in spite of doing whatever he did in the service of Canada and the Navy, is denied government funding for his defence. Funding that is routine for civil servants charged with offenses. As a result 2,000 individuals have contributed more than $280,000 to a GoFundMe account. The current goal of the fund is $500,000. He’ll need every penny of that, and probably more, before the government is finished with him.
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