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  1. OldTanker

    Happy Birthday The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment

    Wishing all serving and ex-members of these two fine regiments a heartfelt Happy Birthday!
  2. OldTanker

    WW2 Air Force Vet Passes Away

    I wasn't sure if this should be posted in "The Mess" or under Air Force, so mods if you want to move it, please do so. But since there is a specific Air Force connection to this story, I've posted it here. My Dad, WO Eric Black, passed away on August 16. He was 92 and had lived a full and, up...
  3. OldTanker

    Applying for OAP for Spouse

    I did a search but wasn't able to find anything about this. I'm in the process of applying for OAP for my spouse. On the application there is a section for time spent living outside Canada. My wife accompanied me on our 3-year tour in Lahr in the early 80s. On the application it states that...
  4. OldTanker

    Patrick Stewart and the Effects of His Father's Wartime Service on his Family

    I didn't find this posted here anywhere else but thought I'd share a very interesting documentary on Patrick Stewart and his father, ex-RSM 2 Para. Interesting discussion on the effects of "shell shock" (PTSD) on family life. Some interesting historical research as well. Mods, if I've screwed...
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    Major Bertram Ells. Royal Canadian Artillery

    I work in the Regimental Museum of the Canadian Scottish Regiment. At some point an Indian kukri was donated to the museum. This kukri was apparently presented to a Major Bertram Ells, RCA, in Kashmir in 1958 or 1959 and in turn his relatives donated it to our museum. We are trying to put...
  6. OldTanker

    Cold Warrior Question - Who Would Have Won?

    Being a basic "cold warrior" (served 1970 - 2002) I have a question that I have never really been able to sort out - how would a land battle in Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO have played out? I've read the fictional accounts, but what I'm really looking for is some technical analysis...
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    WW2 Canadian Army Formation Badge Question

    The Canadian Scottish Regiment Museum recently had a WW2 battledress blouse donated. It belonged to one of our sergeants who served overseas with the Regiment during the war. The blouse has a formation badge located on the left epaulette, but we have been unable to identify what it signifies, or...
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    Looking for William (Bill) Black, North Nova's WWII, Special Force 51-55

    I am looking for any information on William (Bill) Black. Served with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders WWII, SN F50063, and (I assume) Canadian Special Force 1951-1955, SN SF50063/215598. This is my uncle and he has been AWOL from the family since 1955. We don't rush things. Any information...
  9. OldTanker

    A Spirit-Lifting Visit to the Strathconas

    Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to take my uncle on a visit to Steele Barracks in Edmonton Garrison. He is 88, saw battle in WWII with the RCA, and re-mustered to the Strathconas in 1946, serving until his retirement in 1968 as a S/Sgt. He has been in failing health, and when I heard of...