The Gun Box Reader
A Collection of Extraneous Gunner Information
The files are loosely grouped under the headings below. Submissions may be made to RHQ RCA for possible inclusion.
~ The 1st Locating Regt RCA 1Apr 46 – 15 Mar 65 (Placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle) .
~ TRAINING TO FIGHT AND WIN – TRAINING IN THE CANADIAN ARMY (Edition 2, May 2001) Brigadier-General Ernest B. Beno, OMM, CD (Retired) Foreword By – Brigadier-General S.V. Radley-Walters, CMM, DSO, MC, CD (Retired)
Did You Know
~ Think you were working hard on your last live FTX or on your last tour? Think again. War diary entry for the 1st Canadian Siege Battery, 31 August 1917, “We fired 5,169 rounds this month, and for 23 days we only had 2 guns”. They were firing 9.2 inch Howitzers in support of operations against Hill 70 and Lens. (Gunners of Canada, Vol 1)
~ The Guns of Kingston, by David Francis and Barry Porteous (1991). In and around the historic City of Kingston Ontario there are many Artillery pieces on display; here is a booklet containing details on them.
~ That The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has the Older “brother” of the CFL’s “Grey Cup” on display in The RCA Museum at the Home Station in Shilo, MB. Here is a great video recorded by TSN for the 2012 Grey Cup pre-game show.
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~ Radio interview with Melanie Murray the aunt of Jeff Francis, who was killed along with five other soldiers by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, she set out to tell the story of how his death affected his family. Her book is called For Your Tomorrow, The Way of An unlikely Soldier. The interview is part three at this link, www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2011/06/08/wednesday-june-8-2011/
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~ A Newspaper Interview with a WWII 4th Light Ack Ack veteran, Bombardier George Skinner. He provides a really good snapshot of his war, a good read. De Nederlandse, 7 Mei 2011, Interview with a WWII Veteran.
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~ A You tube video on the 40mm Bofors Gun the that 4AD had decicated at the Juno Beach Centre this past summer. Juno Beach, 06 june 2011, 40mm Bofors Dedication
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15mins of Fame (Perhaps somewhat longer, it is the digital age)
– A New FOO talks about his first large FTX.
~ FORTISSIMO 2011 some good youtube videos, there are more on the right side – http://youtu.be/aIdQisaigtE
~ The Canadian Army from an American point of view http://www.archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.2569680?start=1619.5
~ PoW Camp in Northern Manitoba – The RCA Museum partners with Universities to explore this fogotten part of WWII. A newspaper article from the thestar.com
– Canoe River Memorial 2010