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On the Vimy anniversary, it’s time we all learned the name Arthur Currie - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 09, 2017

we should celebrate Sir Arthur Currie and, perhaps, take a cue from our Australian cousins and consider promoting him to the rank of field marshal in the name of the soldiers of the Canadian Corp he led.
leadership  recognition  WWI  anniversaries  soldiers  Vimy  generalship  nation_building  history  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  militaries 
april 2017 by jerryking
For Canada, a victory worth remembrance -
Nov. 11 2013 | The Globe and Mail | J.L. Granatstein.

One great Canadian campaign, however, remains all but unknown. The Hundred Days, that short period running from Aug. 8, 1918, to the armistice on Nov. 11, saw the Canadian Corps score victory after victory against the toughest German defences on the Western Front. The Hundred Days was unquestionably the most decisive campaign ever fought by Canadian troops in battle, and if we remember the losses and pain on Remembrance Day, we should also remember the Canadian triumphs that dramatically shortened the First World War.
nation_building  history  WWI  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  J.L._Granatstein  veterans  soldiers  WWII  war  historians  Armistice  militaries 
november 2013 by jerryking
General Giap
Oct 12th 2013 | The Economist |

Vo Nguyen Giap, who drove both the French and the Americans out of Vietnam, died on October 4th, 2013...victor at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954 (which pushed the French colonial power to the peace table in Geneva) and and mastermind behind January 1968's Tet-offensive (which eroded the U.S. population's belief in their administration's argument that the U.S. was winning the war"...Here were Bonaparte’s maxims again: audace, surprise. A dash, too, of Lawrence of Arabia, whose “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” General Giap was seldom without. And plenty of Mao Zedong, whose three-stage doctrine of warfare (guerrilla tactics, stalemate, offensive warfare) he had fully absorbed during his brief exile in China, for communist activity, in the early 1940s.
obituaries  Vietnam  Vietnam_War  Napoleon  soldiers  leaders  generalship  offensive_tactics  audacity  1968  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Neither Fools Nor Cowards -
May 13, 2005 | WSJ |By ELIOT A. COHEN.

"Pentagon accountants have totted up the savings that distance learning supposedly offers and convinced themselves and others that a couple of hours sitting alone, staring at a computer screen after a 14-hour workday, will yield the same educational benefit as a morning seminar with a dozen other senior professionals and an expert instructor."..."Recently, one defense official defended a proposal to shut down temporarily parts of the Army's advanced professional military educational system with the remark, "Some of the experiences they are getting today are better than anything they will get in a classroom. . . . It's not giving up something for nothing. We have a generation of leaders in the Army today that are battle-tested and are much more capable of leading the Army from the actual experience they have."

The stupidity of this last remark is as depressing, in its way, as the cravenness of the Columbia faculty senate's vote. It implies that knowing how to maneuver a battalion through an urban fight is the same thing as crafting a strategy for winning a counterinsurgency. It suggests that at least some at the top of the Pentagon do not understand that the next war will be as different from Iraq 2005 as Iraq was from Somalia, and Somalia from Panama, and Panama from Vietnam. Combat experience can indeed give us an army that can fight and win America's battles; but it is education that provides the intellectual depth and breadth that allows soldiers to understand and succeed in America's wars."
Colleges_&_Universities  education  Eliot_Cohen  humanities  Ivy_League  militaries  ROTC  scholar-officers  soldiers 
may 2012 by jerryking
Why it's important to reflect on Vimy - The Globe and Mail
09/04/07 |The Globe & Mail | Editorial. Marking the 90th
anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Only 25 per cent of Canadians
between the ages of 18 and 34, when asked this question -- "Canada's
most famous single victory in the First World War consisted of the
capture of a key ridge on the Western Front. What was this battle
called?" -- can correctly answer, "Vimy Ridge"? Learn more about
Canadian history --read every Pierre Berton book ever published. At
least pick up "Vimy".
Vimy  WWI  Canada  soldiers  Pierre_Berton  Canadian  nation_building  history  editorials  militaries 
may 2009 by jerryking What Canadians don't know about their fallen
March 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT From Saturday's Globe and Mail column by CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD
Canadian  inspiration  Afghanistan  Christie_Blatchford  soldiers  casualties  historical_amnesia 
march 2009 by jerryking

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