53-Lepine is loading Chekhov’s gun with blanks!

In case you were wondering what our token “good Indian”[1] with the western sounding name, we’re now back to Gen Lepine’s headquarters.... [Heavy sigh.  Time for a sidebar.] Okay, so, I'm still not sure what to make of the fact that René Lepine is native.  Because it feels like it should mean something, even though … Continue reading 53-Lepine is loading Chekhov’s gun with blanks!

Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…

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…

Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything

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

Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared

Andrew B. Godefroy's history 'In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaption in Canada's Cold War Army' traces the history of Canada's post-Second World War military.  This was a remarkable decade, where Canada emerged from the War with a huge army and a wealth of experience, demobilized to almost nothing, then rebuilt within the span of a decade.  All the … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared