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As You Were

Author: Gerry Fostaty
ISBN: 9780864926487
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SUMMER, 1974 -- Six teenaged boys died and fifty-four were injured in an explosion on the Canadian Forces Base in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition, and its pin was pulled during a lecture on explosives safety. One hundred and forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, yet expected to carry on with their lives. Thirty-four years later, Gerry Fostaty, an 18-year-old sergeant that summer and one of the first on the scene after the explosion, received an unexpected email from his former sergeant-major, triggering a journey into memory -- a quest for a true picture of what had happened on that day. In "As You Were," Fostaty has pieced together the story of how a series of preventable mistakes led to tragedy. The only full account of an event that received minor attention at the time, "As You Were" is the story of a normal day turned horrific; how duty, responsibility, and honour make ordinary people take extraordinary measures; and how the military did their best to ignore this devastating incident. The M207 Grenade: The M207 grenade is a fragmentation hand grenade. It is lemon shaped and has a coil of notched steel covered with a smooth, thin, steel layer. Within the coil is an explosive centre. When detonated, the core shatters the coil and the steel casing, transforming the broken particles into high-velocity, irregularly shaped projectiles that can cause casualties up to fifteen metres away. It is a very effective anti-personnel device. That is, it was designed to kill and injure soldiers or anyone within its effective range. Because of its effectiveness, the design has been widely copied by many nations. On the morning of July 15th, 1974, a Warrant Officer organized and selected the display items and the dummy explosives that he would use in the explosives safety lecture. All of them were display models and the dummies. They were painted bright colours and marked to make them distinct from the live models and easily recognizable. One never has to guess with these. The gaudy colours and markings indicate at a glance that they were dummies. The live explosives were olive green. The Warrant Officer carefully chose the items to reflect a wide range of ordinance, including grenades, anti-personnel mines, and rockets.

Unwanted Warriors

Author: Nic Clarke
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774828919
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Unwanted Warriors uncovers the history of Canada’s first casualties of the Great War – men who tried to enlist but were deemed “unfit for service.” What impact did military exclusion have on these men? Nic Clarke looks for answers in the service files of 3,400 rejected volunteers and explores the mechanics of the medical examination, the physical and psychological qualities that the authorities believed made a fighting man, and how evaluations changed as the war dragged on. In the process, he exposes the deleterious effects that socially constructed norms about health and fitness had on individual men and Canadian society during the First World War.

Hell In Flanders Fields

Author: George H. Cassar
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 9781770704718
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On 22 April 1915, the men of the 1st Canadian Division faced chlorine gas, a new lethal weapon against which they had no defence. In defiance of a particularly horrible death, or, at the very least, severe lung injury, these untested Canadians fought almost continuously for four days, often hand-to-hand, as they clung stubbornly against overwhelming odds to a vital part of the Allied line after the French units on their left fled in panic. By doing so, they saved 50,000 troops in the Ypres salient from almost certain destruction, and, in addition, prevented the momentum of the war from tipping in favour of the Germans. In this new, deeply researched account, the distinguished military historian George H. Cassar skillfully blends into the history of the battle the graphic and moving words of the men on the front line. Illustrated with outstanding photographs and numerous maps, and drawing from diaries, letters, and documents from every level of planning, Hell in Flanders Fields is an authoritative, gripping drama of politics, strategy, and human courage.


Author: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons
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In The Trenches 1914 1918

Author: Glenn Iriam
ISBN: 1456604953
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My Father Frank S. Iriam signed up the same day as Germany declared war in 1914. In Valcartier they announced that a sniper group was about to be formed. Frank signed up immediately and this book describes some of his experiences as a sniper. Do to some prior military service in Halifax he had been promoted to Sargent in Kenora and he maintained that rank through out the war. Frank describes the fact that he was able to mentally beat the shell shock he was starting to suffer all on his own. He spent three years seven months in the front lines being wounded by machine gun fire during the battle of Ameins where the allies chased the Germans out of their trenches never letting them dig another. After a lengthy recovery period he got back to Kenora, his job as a Railroad Engineer and canoeing his favorite pass time.

My Grandfather S Secret

Author: Guy R. Lacroix
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 149174071X
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In the eyes of his grandson, Max, Roland Langevin is a hero who has always been silent about his war experiences. But while in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment, Roland is reminded by Max that it is the fifty-seventh anniversary of D-Day. Suddenly, Roland, who is overcome with emotion, is transported back in time to when he was an eighteen-year-old Canadian soldier landing in Northwest Europe to fight the Nazi regime. As Roland finally begins to share his memories with Max, his grandson has no idea that a painful secret is about to be revealed. It is 1943 when Roland presents himself to the Canadian Army’s recruitment office with his best friend, Jean-Pierre Bernier, without any idea he has just signed up for hell. After he completes his training, Roland details to Max how he and Jean-Pierre headed to Europe, excited to beat the Nazis and Hitler. But as Roland tells Max how he bravely faced the worst atrocities of the war, he inadvertently reveals a painful secret. Max decides to investigate the secret, leading to an unforgettable reunion, linking the past with the present. In this historical tale, a Canadian veteran of WWII travels back in time to relay his personal story to his grandson. He soon discovers that love has the power to transcend time and even war. He is finally led to the answers he has been seeking for more than fifty years.