Newsletter - RUSI Vancouver
Highlights of the September 18 Newsletter
World War II: September 19 - 25, 1943
John Thompson Strategic Analyst - Quotes from his book “Spirit Over Steel”
DND Establishes Recreational Cannabis Policy
According to an internal draft of the military's cannabis policy, members will be banned from
consuming marijuana eight hours before duty, once it's legalized.
Ross Lord and Graeme Benjamin - Global News
The NDI75 is coming back!
Canada's First Patrol Vessel Meets Water for the First Time
The Canadian Press - Sept 15, 2018
When Porsche Tried Building a Jeep
Davey G. Johnson - Sept 14, 2018
Vancouver Artillery Association Yearbook Updates
Who Is It?
RUSI Vancouver Speaker Series: Joe Spears, Arctic Marine Consultant - Oct. 10
Juno Beach Centre Dog Tag Program
Battle of the Plains of Abraham Commemorative Mess Dinner - Sept 22
An Evening with Churchill: Canada's Nuclear Strike Force - Sept 25
Monthly Lunch Program: Spkr. Michael Harvey - Sept 26
15th Field Artillery Regiment Annual Mess Dinner - Oct 27
6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Fundfraiser - Oct 13
Juno Beach Centre: Canada's Commemorativce Campaign
Robert W. Mackay's Newsletter "Forces with History"
On August 8th, 1918, the Allies launched the Battle of Amiens, designed to knock the Germans back from their threatening position close to the vital Amiens-Paris rail line. At Zero-hour, 4:20 am, 4,600 heavy guns opened up, providing a creeping barrage to cover the infantry advance across the fog-shrouded fields of northern France.
At the heart of the attack were the Canadian and Australian Corps, with the Aussies on the left of the Canucks. To the left of them was the British Third Corp, and to the right of the Canadians the French First Army.
At 5:40 am the Canadian Cavalry Brigade joined the advance, operating under the Canadian Corps banner for the first time in the war. They swept forward through the infantry positions, a small part of the tens of thousands of mounted troopers in the fight on the Allied side.
Famously part of the undertaking were some 600-plus tanks, 324 of which were heavy British models.
Lighter, faster (a man’s walking pace!) Whippet tanks were assigned to each cavalry brigade, a sign of the changing times. The Whippets couldn’t keep up with the horsemen, but on the other hand they were mighty handy at times when the cavalrymen were up against heavy fire.
Today’s Canadian cavalrymen are still called troopers, but their mounts are mechanical.
It’s hard to say where our government’s defence policy is just now, given its rightful preoccupation with American tariffs and the stalled NAFTA talks. What we do know is that there is the Mali mission and our continued presence in Latvia. But both those are relatively small, with the African involvement committed to for only a year.
In the meantime, Mr. Trump has gone to Asia and pronounced Kim of North Korea a good fellow. In return for Kim shaking his hand, Trump cancelled scheduled US armed forces exercises with its major ally South Korea. He thus handed an original member of what an earlier president called the Axis of Evil a huge propaganda victory.
The US president intends meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia within a few days. In the background are credible findings that Putin hacked the US presidential election, not to mention that his Russian forces overran Crimea. He is now waging a war on Ukraine, and according to the British government poisoned an ex-spy in England.
Trump, for reasons unknown, continues to fawn over Putin. What will he do to try to further cement his relationship with the Russian leader? Given Trump’s threats to the stability of NATO and formerly close bonds to the UK and Europe, is it beyond the realm of possibility that he’ll somehow water down NORAD? After all, he might say, those sneaky Canadians don’t pay their share of defence costs. Who cares if Russia does a few overflights of northern Canada?
We may find ourselves spending more on defence out of necessity.
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