And the dissection of Lepine's planning session continues! This next post is going to cover various situational and threat assessments that are informing Gen Lepine's hard-assed plan. It's a bit scatter-shot for a deconstruction, but then again, it's a pretty scatter-shot for a planning process too. Last time we discussed how Gen Lepine was basically … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (2) – Speaking of Ass…
Soooo....now that I've laid out the basics of how Canadians do the airborne thing, let's start into how Bland envisions it working. Much like our examination of Alex Gabriel's Winnipeg Map Recce, I'm going to have to break this down into multiple posts. This one's going to deal with some big-picture strategy issues, the next … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (1) – Hard Assed?
Now then. When this scene began, Gen René Lepine was sitting alone in the Canada Command conference room. Now, all of a sudden, he's not only running a multi-time zone video conference with a bunch of CF Base Commanders who are probably very busy, but also a number of key staff members from his headquarters … Continue reading 54-You and what army?
In case you were wondering what our token “good Indian” 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!
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?
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
***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!