Canada hosts international Explosive Ordnance Disposal exercise


May 22, 2015 Ottawa Department of National Defence

Approximately 220 personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), 10 partner nations and civilian law enforcement agencies will conduct Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 2015 at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt and throughout the Greater Victoria, BC, region from May 25, to June 5.

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Rockwell Collins brings its best for Canada’s military to CANSEC 2015

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Live Virtual Constructive demonstration of a Joint Terminal Attack Controller at CANSEC guiding a live jet on a simulated close air support mission
RealFires TM simulation demonstration using the virtual reality Oculus Rift glasses
TruNet TM networked communications solution makes Canada debut

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (May 20, 2015) – Rockwell Collins reaffirms its commitment to Canada this year at CANSEC 2015 by bringing a wide spectrum of its best technologies aimed at offering significant advancements to the Canadian military.

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Book Review – Fighting the Great War at Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology



In reviewing books, there is sometimes a touch of despair. The cost of production, including the royalties to photographers and photo libraries frequently constrains authors and publishers. This new book is an example of an author and publisher who have refused to compromise and consequently produced a book which is outstanding in a field of good books. The downside is that there will be potential readers who would struggle to justify the cover price, even though it is an aggressive price for a book of this quality and a testament to the management of production in driving down costs without reducing the book’s quality. The publisher does run some amazing promotions and this is a book that must feature in those programs, opening it to a wider readership. The publisher has also been developing an extensive range of eBooks, into which this must eventually be added. However, those readers who can stretch to the cover price will be richly rewarded.

Book Review – A Shipyard At War, Unseen Photographs from John Brown’s Clydebank 1914-1918



For a book of this quality and level of unique illustration, it is already at an aggressive price, although it may be beyond the pocket of many who would love to read it. Fortunately Pen & Sword is famous for its special offers and there are still lending libraries that will stock copies. For anyone with an interest in the sea, ships, shipbuilding and WWI, this is a book that must not be missed. Outstanding!!!

Book Review – Liaison 1914, a Narrative of the Great Retreat



This is a substantial work, fluently written and well-supported by maps and very strong photo plate section. The foreword by Winston Churchill, who became a life long friend of the author, sets the context of the work. This is one book of WWI that no enthusiast can afford to be without, also a firm foundation for historians.

There are so many lessons in this book that it should become essential reading for school children in Britain and France. It also provides a foundation for understanding the land war through to victory in 1918. To highly commend this work is barely adequate to its value.

Book Review – A French Soldier’s War Diary 1914-1918



Very little has been published in the English language about the French experiences in the Great War. This is a great shame because the BEF and the French divisions fought closely together and it was their co-operation that avoided early defeat and won eventual victory. This book is an account by a French officer that was first published in French in 1971. A flowing translation has brought this fascinating story to English language readers.

Book Review – 1914, They Were There!, Memories of the Great War 1914-1918 by Those Who Experienced It



With so many books being released as part of the centenary celebrations, and with most of them achieving a high standard, it can be very difficult for a reader to select to suit his or her tastes and interests. This book stands out because it has a fine selection of images and sharp text that presents a series of snapshots across the full range of the war in Europe. It is ideal for those readers who know little of the Great War because it is a great introduction. It is also valuable book for the enthusiast and the knowledgable because its scope covers all of the aspects of the Great War that might have been missed.

Book Review – A Story of the Great War, Before Action, William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons



The author has established a formidable catalogue of books and contributions to radio and television, with a special interest in the Great War. In this new book, she draws on the writings and unpublished letters of Hodgson, who has been best remembered for his poetry. This has enabled a recreation of a volunteer battalion and its commitment to violent battle at Loos, where Hodgson won the Military Cross. This is a moving story and encapsulates life in the BEF on the Western Front.