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Valour Road - Victoria Cross The Victoria Cross is the most difficult military medal in the world to win. A recipient must be a member of the military of a British Commonwealth country and must perform an extraordinary feat of valour in the presence of the enemy. The feat also has to be witnessed. The circumstances surrounding the feats of all potential receipients are thoroughly investigated before the award can be given. Since 1856 there have been 94 Canadians who have won the VC. Against all odds, three recipients from the First World War all lived on Pine Street in Winnipeg. This Canadian Heritage Minute gives a hint of what they did.
Tags: Victoria  Cross  Winnipeg  Pine  Street  Valour  Road 
Added: 30th January 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Near Air Disaster - 1983 Gimli Glider Incident A mistake in metric measurement nearly caused a catastrophic airplane disaster over Canadian airspace in the summer of 1983. Known to Canadians as "the Gimli Glider," on Saturday, July 23, 1983, Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767-233 jet, ran out of fuel at an altitude of 41,000 feet. It was about halfway through a flight originating in Montreal en route to Edmonton with a stopover in Ottawa. Although both engines conked out due to lack of fuel, the crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former Royal Canadian Air Force base in the small community of Gimli, Manitoba. An investigation later found out the airplane had run out of jet fuel because it had wrongly been fueled in litres rather than imperial gallons. Luckily for the 61 passengers onboard, the flight crew was familiar with glider flying techniques and was able to safely land the huge aircraft. With some difficulty, the airplane touched down on a small runway that had recently been converted from an abandoned military airstrip to to a race track. A race event was underway at the time but was stopped in time to allow the aircraft to land. An official investigation later revealed "company failures and a chain of human errors that combined to defeat built-in safeguards."
Tags: Air  Canada  Gimli  Glider  aviation 
Added: 12th November 2013
Views: 699
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Posted By: Lava1964
Private Snafu - WWII Mail Censorship During the Second World War the American War Department produced 26 animated movies featuring a goofy character named Private Snafu. Racy for their era, they were not released to the general public; they were only shown to military personnel. Each film was designed to illustrate something important about military life. This one from 1944, titled Censored, shows the pitfalls of trying to elude the US Army's mail censor. You'll recognize the voice of Private Snafu: It's Mel Blanc. Snafu sounds exactly like Bugs Bunny!
Tags: Private  Snafu  military  film  mail  censorship  WWII 
Added: 21st July 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
1912 Olympics - Standing Long Jump The summer Olympics used to include standing jumping events: long jump, high jump and triple jump. Here's a film clip of the standing long jump competition from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. The 1912 Games were the last Olympics to feature standing jump disciplines. Norway is the last remaining country to feature them in their own national athletics championships. The United States Air Force Academy and Canada's Royal Military College still use the standing long jump as a way to gauge the physical fitness levels of their students.
Tags: 1912  Olympics  standing  long  jump 
Added: 9th November 2014
Views: 516
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Posted By: Lava1964
San Diego Tank Rampage - 1995 On May 17, 1995, residents of San Diego, CA had their lives and property imperiled by an M-60 Patton tank! The armored vehicle had been stolen from a military base by Shawn Timothy Nelson, a 35-year-old former veteran who was known to have mental stability issues. As this Discovery Network feature shows, for a while law enforcement had absolutely no way to stop the devastating rampage--until Nelson inadvertently disabled the tank himself on a concrete highway median. Police theorize Nelson was on his way to create havoc at a local hospital that he had recently unsuccessfully sued for malpractice.
Tags: tank  theft  rampage  San  Diego  Shawn  Nelson 
Added: 16th March 2015
Views: 676
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Posted By: Lava1964
GI Joe Originals Tags: GI  Joe  Originals  dolls  action  figures  hasbro  military  marine  army  navy  air  force  astronaut 
Added: 15th April 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Canada Beats USSR - 1955 IIHF Tourney The International Ice Hockey Federation has been holding world championship tourneys since 1908. Prior to 1977 the events operated as strictly amateur tourneys much like the Olympic Games once did. Canada typically sent local teams to the IIHF championship and still routinely dominated the tourneys against European national teams. In 1954 the Soviet Union sent a team to world championship for the first time and surprised Canada 7-2 to win the title in Stockholm. With the tournament being held in West Germany in 1955, Canada sent its national amateur finalist team--the Penticton (BC) Vees--to regain national honor. Nine teams competed in the round-robin event. Both the Soviet Union and Canada were 7-0 going into their meeting, so the winner would get the gold medals. The crowd in Krefeld, West Germany included numerous Canadian military personnel stationed nearby along with boisterous German locals who hated all things Russian. The Vees--led by the three Warwick brothers--won handily, 5-0. The Canadian team only allowed six goals in eight games. Here is about a minute of silent newsreel footage of the last game--including two Canadian goals. There's a terrific monument in Penticton that honors the 1955 Vees. History does repeat itself: Sixty years later Canada won the 2015 tourney by defeating the Russians again by five goals. This time the score was 6-1.
Tags: Penticton  Vees  1955  IIHF  hockey 
Added: 20th May 2015
Views: 556
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hootey Hoot--Gomer Pyle USMC Tags: Hootey  Hoot--Gomer  Pyle  USMC  Sergeant  Carter  military  war  games  captured  Jim  Neighbors 
Added: 12th July 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy
Theme From The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1957. It also re-popularized "The Colonel Bogey March"--a British military song dating back to 1914. It is one of those melodies that sticks in your mind forever. In this scene from early in the film, a new batch of British Empire troops whistle the tune as they march into captivity in a brutal Japanese labor camp.
Tags: Bridge  on  the  River  Kwai  theme 
Added: 12th July 2015
Views: 878
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Posted By: Lava1964
 Funeral for Confederate Submariners On February 17, 1864, the small navy of the Confederate States of America could claim a military first: A submarine sank an enemy ship. The crew of the H.L. Hunley, under the command of George Dixon, achieved the feat of sinking the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, only to mysteriously sink later that same day with the loss of its entire crew of eight sailors. The H.L. Hunley had a short, checkered history. Twice it sank during training operations, killing a total of 13 men--including its namesake inventor who was aboard for the second catastrophe. Both times the hull was raised, repaired and put back into service. The hull of the Hunley was first located in 1995 and was raised in 2000. The remains of the brave sailors were finally laid to rest on April 17, 2004. Thousands of curious but respectful onlookers, dressed in both blue and gray, turned out for the ceremony at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC. Scientists and military historians are still trying to discover exactly why the submarine sank.
Tags: Confederate  submariners  funeral 
Added: 9th November 2015
Views: 423
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Posted By: Lava1964

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