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    An old piece of iron - C1A1

    I recall the C1s, and later the C1A1s, had different stock lengths indicated by a S, M, L, or XL on the bottom of the stock just aft of where it joined the body. Personal opinion: something was wrong as I have relatively short arms, but rated a XL stop length by the fit test in the QM. And...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I had just worked my way up to TC F Tp in 1 RCHA in the Spring of 1964 when Lt Marmo was posted in as Troop Leader on commissioning. He was, shall we say, an individual individual. Just about the first thing he managed to do was totally alientate all the troops by "coffee break" on Day One...
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    Montreal police ticket veteran bagpiper for carrying traditional knife

    When I was a Phase One officer cadet, part of the introduction to our new world, was a series of lectures on customs of the service, dress, and the like. Not surprisingly then, must of it was based on British practice, especially as many veterans had yet to turn 40 back in 1960. The literature...
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    Canada's History of poor MNDs

    And is there any relevance to the tiidbit that Brooke Claxton was a BSM who was awarded the DCM, while the others were officers or without service, some, such as Danson, after non-commissioned service?
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    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    We used to refer to the statue that makes the spot as "Herman the German" back in the 60s. I used it in a resection for a battery survey scheme once, along with two or three church steeples in nearby villages. That was nearby for us; Herman was a long way off, and my BRO crew (yours truly, Sgt...
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    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Here is a bit of background on why we fought the way we did in the attack and exploitation. The short answer is three words: the Germany Army. The Germans has the hasty counter-attack, and offensive action in their DNA. It was natural for them to immediately strike back with whatever they could...
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    Infantry Tactics

    I have taken my time responding, in part because I found this discussion appallingly shallow. We are debating how we participate in a shooting war of unspecified intensity, but appear to think it will start and remain what used to be called a "come as you are" conflict. Any potential enemy, and...
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    Unrest in Haiti, Again

    All things considered, i would not be the least bit surprised. Might even be a few votes in it.
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    Canada and the Normandy Campaign

    Re Keller, there was a very uncomplimentary saying in vogue at the time about him that circulated, not least of all, among his senior commanders and staff. It was "Keller was Yeller". His CRA, Brig Stan Todd, actually dropped it once in the late 70s or early 80s in front of the assembled...
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    Unrest in Haiti, Again

    A "gang" murdered the President of Haitis and critically wounded his wife in an attack on their residence last night. As can be seen in this report, reproduced under the Fair Dealings provision of the Copyright Act, the situation is unclear. PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haitian President Jovenel...
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    Canada and the Normandy Campaign

    "Stacey wouldn't say it was with Bde and Div Commanders because they were running the Army at the time." This is a key factor, even if historians are reluctant to state for a lack of concrete proof. A couple of points, first it was the Queen's Own Rifles at Mesnil-le-Patry, not the Royal...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I may be demonstrating my age, but a Striker Anti-Tank Battalion can't fight by itself. It would have to cross-group with other units, and be supported by artillery, engineers, etc. Circa 1963 the Canadian regular infantry consisted of 13 battalions, grouped into six regiments: Canadian Guards...
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    Canada and the Normandy Campaign

    Re the Tractable bombing, I am in possession of an internal Bomber Command memo from the British Archives courtesy of the Kingston Staff College. It was written post-Tractable and the inevitable sh.t storm it created, as the ground troops had displayed yellow marker panels and yellow smoke...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Back a million years ago, when I was in J3, I wrote a couple of contingency plans for NEOs. One, after I retired, was actually dusted off, albieit in a different context. Flexibility has to be a key factor, along with the realization that we are tap dancing with international law. The aim is to...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Hmmm, this is interesting and demonstrates that we are not afraid to think outside the box. I do have some difficulty with a "lots of little companies" concept, including the very real possibility of having to group them into big companies. Let me toss in being unable to have standard groupings...
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