Paratrooper: Airborne with the Army’s advanced warfare centre

by Ian Coutts “We’re up in the air and we’re flyin’ around.” Forty attentive faces focus on Sergeant Brandon James. “Get ready, stand up…” As one, the soldiers rise from the benches, and pointing one hand stiffly, almost theatrically, off to their side and then...

Air Defence: Reacquiring a vital capability

By Ian Coutts   There is a classic cartoon by Bing Coughlin from the Canadian Army’s old Maple Leaf newspaper featuring Herbie, his archetypal Canadian soldier of the Second World War. In it, Herbie, cowering with his pals in a crude shelter in the midst of a...

The Leopard changes (some) of its spots

By Allan Joyner With the exception of a short period in the early 2000’s, when General Rick Hillier recommended replacing them with a wheeled gun system, main battle tanks have been seen as a key part of the Army’s combat mix. Some suggested that tanks would be...