27-Winnipeg Map Recce (3): Morale & Motivation!

It’s about time we wrapped up the Winnipeg Map Recce. Alex Gabriel feels he’s ready to return to Stevenson’s HQ, and finally meet his subordinates. He’ll tell them exactly how they’re going to take and hold down town Winnipeg against all comers, and they will no doubt feel privileged to hear it, since he spent … Continue reading 27-Winnipeg Map Recce (3): Morale & Motivation!

Militia Assemble!

The featured image for this post is the Reservists of 1870 by French impressionist painter Pierre-Georges Jeanniot. While he’s most commonly known for paintings of the gilded age of Paris, he began his life as an officer in the French Army and served during the Franco-Prussian War.  A lot of his early paintings, which established … Continue reading Militia Assemble!

Supplemental Reading: Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy.

***It's worth noting that, while Swain's memoirs are both well written and valuable as an historical resource, it's fair to mention that he does come with his share of bias.  Just as the more passionate Indigenous activists are uncomfortable admitting the close ties between the Mohawk Warriors and organized crime (specifically cigarette smuggling and casino/bingo … Continue reading Supplemental Reading: Oka: A Political Crisis and its Legacy.

21-Apparently Healthy but Badly Led…

The officer handling the briefing, Col Conway, doesn't seem to respect his democratically elected leadership.  Before launching into his part of the briefing, he pauses in for a moment to revel in his natural superiority over the mere civilian before him: ‘Conway smiled to himself. He very much doubted that Riley knew any such thing, … Continue reading 21-Apparently Healthy but Badly Led…