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    Canada prepares for it's final deployment to Afghanistan with the training of Task Force 2-13.
  • "The Cost of Victory" is featured in the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium", which will include lectures about the war and the critical events that took place.
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    The Joint Operational Access Exercise (JOAX) takes place, with 3 RCR training alongside American forces.
  • Police in Nova Scotia receive a Cougar armoured vehicle from the Canadian Forces. The vehicle will be used by its emergency response team (ERT) when placed in dangerous situations.
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  • 1942Cologne, Germany: The Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force begin a massive bombing campaign against the German city of Cologne.
  • 2007Helmand Province, Afghanistan: MCpl Darryl Priede is killed in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash after it was reportedly hit with rocket propelled grenades.

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Italy, World War II:
"We went back into action in August for the Gothic Line. And here was a tremendous amount of shellfire in most of the areas a place called Montemaggiore. They just blanketed the valley with mortars coming in by the hundreds. But we survived that until a day or two later when the big railway gun started firing on Montemaggiore and one of our young fellows was badly wounded with it, and subsequently passed away. I've got very tender thoughts for Scott Coyle because when I bent down over him on the stretcher, I said, 'Coyle, just lay still.' And he said, 'I know you, Gordie.' And put his arms around my neck and, well, by the time they put him in the truck to go to an aid post he was gone."

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Gordon Muriel Flowerdew, VC was a Canadian officer who served with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) during the First World War. Born on January 2, 1885 in Norfolk, England Flowerdew attended Framlingham College as a young boy and worked on his father's farm after graduation. At the turn of the century, Flowerdew emigrated to western Canada and eventually ended up in the small town of Walhachin, British Columbia where he operated two different small businesses, and worked his hand at several different trades. In 1911 he joined the Canadian Army as a non-commissioned member of the 31st Regiment, British Columbia Horse, a unit within the Non-Permanent Active Militia where he would go on to distinguish himself within several militia competitions.

At the outbreak of World War I, Flowerdew joined the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) and was appointed a lance corporal, serving with that unit for the duration of the war. By 1916, he had quickly risen through the enlisted ranks and was commissioned as an officer with the rank of lieutenant. In 1918 Flowerdew was made an Acting Captian and placed in charge of "C" Company of Lord Strathcona's Horse. On March 30 of that year Flowerdew took part in the Battle of Moreuil Wood, which was part of the much larger Spring Offensive of the German Empire, and led his cavalrymen in what has since been referred to as “The Last Great Cavalry Charge”.  The cavalry charge, which some have credited with halting the entire German advance during the Spring Offensive, eventually broke the lines of the defending Germans; the victory, though, cost the Strathcona's nearly seventy percent of "C" Company's strength and also resulted in Flowerdew being mortally wounded. Flowerdew was moved west of Moreuil Wood to an Allied clearing station to have his wounds treated, but passed away the following day on March 31. For his actions in leading the men of Lord Strathcona's Horse in a cavalry charge during the Battle of Moreuil Wood, Flowerdew was recommended for, and posthumously awarded, the Victoria Cross. Read more…

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Operation ROOB UNYIP JANUBI, translated as Southern Beast in the native Pashto language, was a Canadian led operation in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in August of 2008. Beginning on August 1 the operation would turn into a week-and-a-half-long mission aimed at disrupting the key logistic nodes of the Taliban insurgents. During the first days, ISAF and Afghan forces found and destroyed 60 twenty-litre ammonium nitrate containers wired for immediate use as IEDs. The operation was led by the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

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