The next couple of pages take us back to Molly Grace’s HQ in ‘The Complex’ in Akwesasne. For the most part it’s a re-hash of previous briefings where characters in the story go over what the reader already knows, although a few new tidbits are presented here. When we last left the 'the Complex' at … Continue reading 52-What are we talking about again?
One of the things that Douglas Bland seems to be setting up as a kind of grand finale for the novel Uprising, is a kind gigantic showdown in the North: Will Boucanier, a traitor to Canada's special forces community, will go toe-to-toe with the CSSR (the fictional version of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment) as … Continue reading Film Studies: Six Days & The Raid on Entebbe
So now that we have a broad, big-picture idea of how Will Boucanier plans to defend James Bay, let's see what they got planned for Highway 109 and the power lines leading in! Once rescue columns moving from the south-he assumed first the SQ and then army units from Valcartier-were committed on Highway 109 from … Continue reading 51-Tower Defence
In the novel Uprising, Douglas Bland makes it pretty clear that his fictional CDS, Gen Andrew Bishop, does not respect the Prime Minister Jack Hemp. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, if it wasn't for the fact that (apparently) no-one else respects the Prime Minister either. During the meeting in Langevin Block … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – A Soldier First
***This is another case where I'm going to be talking in detail about fighting a war in a Canadian town, specifically the towns of Chisasibi and Radisson in Norther Quebec. Obviously, this brings up several serious morale issues which I discussed at length here. The nature of the text requires me to get into the … Continue reading 50-Chisasibi Map Recce!
So let's establish a few things right off the bat... I'm a forty-one year old Sergeant who's last named hair style was the mullet. I used to have long hair, so I generally get the idea behind why long-haired women would care about something like Ponytail-FORGEN, but I'm not going to claim I get it … Continue reading Women in the CAF – Uh…Swooch?
***Okay, it's been...wow...a long time since my last post, and I'd like to apologize for that. I'm currently on tasking for RST (Reserve Summer Training) here at the 4 Division Training Centre in lovely Meaford and the pace of work here has been...pretty damned intense. I've been a regular fixture at RST for the last … Continue reading 49-Or maybe be better?
An Introduction from your Humble Blog Host... Today I’m going to be doing something a bit different. I’ve been doing this blog for a little more than a year, and while the number of readers I’ve had has fluctuated, the overwhelming majority of the comments here have been by a gentleman named Bill. Bill is … Continue reading Guest Post – The King Byng Affair
I've been meaning to do this for a bit. In Douglas Bland's Uprising, General Andrew Bishop is named after (and in story he's the descendent of) the real life William Avery "Billy" Bishop, who was a Canada's top Ace pilot during the First World War, and was a General training new pilots within the British … Continue reading Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…
I got some mixed feelings about the classic war movies like 'The Longest Day' or 'A Bridge Too Far.' Sometimes they capture the spirit of the age in a way we don't always manage in modern films, but other times they get uncomfortably sentimental or melodramatic (and in the case of wars featuring the Japanese, more … Continue reading Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything