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Recent content by Old Sweat

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    An Army of Never-Ending Strength: Reinforcing the Canadians in NW Europe 44-45

    This is an interesting, and intriguing, subject. We did experience a shortage of infantry reinforcements, however a study by the Canadian Army Historical Section, available on line, determined it was because of a miscalculation by British authorities of the percentage by corps. Based on...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Surely you jest! Nearly two decades ago we decided to reduce our fire power was the way to prepare for whatever was coming down the pike. Since then, we quite rightly worked on an integrated fire support establishment, albeit one without a meaningful amount of surface-to-surface and absolutely...
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    Current military traditions

    There was an old ploy in the Canadian Army of the 1960s. Basically, much of the field army spent much of the June-July period deployed in the field on Summer concentrations, in regional training areas such as Wainwright, Petawawa and Gagetown. After several weeks in the boondocks, troops were...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The 1950-1953 time frame must have been interesting. On one hand we had a population of veterans snd adolescents who grew up watching the war. We also had field army's worth of kit. But we were faced with two theaters emerge more or less simultaneously. Somehow we went from three infantry...
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    CRCN Message on the Steward Occupation Town Hall (Steward trade elimination)

    I echo Old Soldier's reservations? How does this move enhance operational effectiveness, aka the ability to fight and win?
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    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    This could get interesting. Hughes did get things moving, but he could not get out of the way. By the way, we had started to build large training centres, Petawawa for example. Hughes had organized the purchase of the land in smaller bit by agents who apparently had no attachment to the...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    And for a throw away line I tend to overuse, this is another reason why God invented sergeants.
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    How The Artillery Works - M777

    That is pretty well it, although there are variations in the way different artilleries carry out details. Our fire orders are, or used to be anyhow, more abbreviated; we would omit what we consider superfluous terms (like dropping call signs after comms is established in the initial call for...
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    US Army Reviving the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

    Just sit down and have a deep breath or two. During my last years of service, I was the desk officer for some of this stuff. We started to develop airborne forces in our three regular battalions, 1 RCHA, and others, in the late 1940s. The first airborne exercise was Sweetbrian circa early 1950...
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    PPCLI Regimental Day

    All the best to Patricias everywhere. For my contribution, as I sip my first beer around 1700, I'll silently sing a ditty I learned a million years ago, stationed in Fort Prince of Wales next to the First Patricias in Fort Mac. The first line goes something like this: "In Nineteen-Hundred-and...
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    After watching our ministers address the issue, I can only think of the old saw that talk is cheap and military rebuilding is not, and they will opt for the cheapest solution.
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    Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis

    I suspect there may be an announcement of one, but then, as things cool off, it will be chipped away. I've seen this sort of thing before, and also well-meaning announcements like Allard'scirca 1969 claim that 4 CMBG was going to be converted to the finest air mobile force on earth, followed by...
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    Trudeau Popularity - or not. Nanos research

    I have been used by EKOS research as an on line polling resource for several years, perhaps for more than a decade. They have me categorized by age group, work status, income, etc and it is not unusual to be dropped if they have already filled their quota for my demographic.
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    Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis

    I suggest we see what is in the next budget for DND, including changes in terms of numbers and when the money flows, or not. Remember, after all the noise and punditry, how things did not really change after General Baril, the CDS at the time, took the fall for PM Chretien missing the King of...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    One scenario was for the Russians to capture Kiev and replace the existing government with pro-Russian puppets. These folks would then declare a ceasefire and order their forces to lay down their arms. Whether this order would be obeyed by all the forces is another matter. Perhaps the statement...