Newsletter on line. This newsletter, and previous editions, are available on the RUSI
Vancouver website at: http://www.rusivancouver.ca/newsletter.html NOTE: My new email
The 15 Field Officers Mess holds weekly lunches, serving a 5 course, ‘homemade’ meal for only $15- you won’t find a better meal - or a better deal, anywhere. If you are in the area on a
Wednesday, drop in and join us for lunch.
NOABC Speaker Program Wednesday September 30th
The RCMP National Shiprider Program presented by Sgt James Jesmer, E Division NCO in
charge Lower Mainland Shiprider Program. The Canada-US Shiprider program involves vessels jointly crewed by specially trained and designated Canadian and US law enforcement officers who are authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international boundary line. Working together, armed Canadian and US law enforcement officers are able to transit back and forth across the border to help secure it from threats to national security, as well as prevent cross-border smuggling and trafficking.
World War 2 - 1940
John Thompson Strategic analyst quotes from his book “Spirit Over Steel”
Sept 16th : The Italians take Sidi Barrani in Egypt. The US Selective Service Bill “becomes law.
The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious raids Benghazi, sinking four Italian ships.
Sept 17th : Hitler postpones Sealion even as an RAF raid hits the invasion flotilla in port, doing
much harm. General Paulus submits a plan for invasion of the USSR, with primary focus on Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev. Great Britain’s woes are compounded: San Marino declares war on it.
Sept 18th : The Italian invasion of Egypt halts because of supply problems, and loses contact
with the British reconnaissance screen. A Luftwaffe raid on London by 50 bombers results in 19 losses for 12 to RAF.
Sept 19th : The Luftwaffe starts a series of minor raids on the UK, but loses almost 3:1 in
encounters with the RAF over the coming days. The Germans start dispersing their invasion fleet in the Channel Ports –they had 1,918 barges and 170 transports amassed, but over 10% have been sunk or damaged already. Ribbentrop meets Mussolini and warns him against invading Greece or Yugoslavia. Mussolini states he’ll take Egypt before attempting these.
Sept 20th : Attacks begin on Convoy HX-72 by a U-Boat group -- in the next three days 12 ships
will be sunk, 7 of them alone by Joachim Schepke’s U100.
Sept 21st : Menzes remains Prime Minister after Australia’s general election. London authorities
allow the subways to be used as air-raid shelters.
Sept 22nd : 6,000 Japanese troops enter French Indochina to, um, keep it safe. Finland grants
transit rights to German troops enroute to Norway.
Major John Davies Campbell CVO, CBE, MC & Bar
Born November 11 1921, died July 30 2015
Major John Campbell, who has died aged 93, was awarded two Military Crosses while
serving with Popski’s Private Army (PPA) and subsequently worked in the Colonial
Service and as a diplomat.
John Davies Campbell, the son of Hastings Campbell and Eugenie Campbell, daughter of the 14th Baron Louth, was born at Monasterevin, County Kildare, on November 11 1921 and was educated at Cheltenham College. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was studying at St Andrews University but was called up in 1940. Commissioned into the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders the following year, he was posted to the 7th Battalion. Arriving at the Allied front line, the Eighth Army’s perimeter at El Alamein, in autumn 1942, he saw action as a platoon commander in the Western Desert. In 1944, he joined No 1 Demolition Squadron in Italy. This irregular unit, better known as Popski’s Private Army, was commanded by Major Vladimir Peniakoff, born in Belgium to Russian parents. PPA had become operational two years earlier in the Western Desert when it undertook raiding and reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. It was equipped with heavily armed jeeps and was trained in parachuting, mountain warfare, demolition and intelligence gathering. Patrol members carried a tommy gun or a rifle, a semi-automatic pistol and a fighting knife.
PPA was disbanded in September 1945 and Campbell was demobilised in 1946. In 1949 he emigrated to Kenya. He joined the Colonial Service and, in 1953, volunteered to serve as a District Officer during the Mau Mau emergency. He was fluent in Kikuyu and Swahili and in 1956 enlisted as a territorial officer in the Kenya Regiment receiving a Mention in Despatches the following year. In 1961, he joined the Foreign Office (subsequently the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) as one of four candidates selected by open competition out of a large entry. Two postings to the delegation to the United Nations in New York were interspersed with a spell at the FO in London, during which time he lived on a Thames sailing barge. Campbell added Serbo-Croat to his languages while serving as First Secretary at the British Embassy, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. This was followed by a move to the British Embassy in Bonn, again as First Secretary, and, in 1972, he was seconded to the Olympic Games at Munich as the British adviser.
He was Counsellor at the British High Commission, Ottawa, from 1972 to 1977 before returning to Italy, where he was British Consul-General at Naples. After the earthquake in Southern Italy in November 1980 he played a prominent part in the British government’s relief operation. He was made a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. After retiring from the FCO, he lived in Herefordshire and built up a business treating potentially dangerous surfaces on roads, airfields and the hard-standings in farmyards to prevent skidding. He settled at Leominster, enjoyed travel, listening to music and going to the theatre. He was appointed MBE in 1957, CVO in 1980 and was advanced to CBE in 1981. John Campbell married, in 1959, Shirley Bouch who survives him with their son and two daughters.
There were several books written about the PPI in action. The best was written by John Campbell. The whole obituary gives several stories on the escapades of PPI. It can be viewed at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11842074/Major-John-Campbell-obituary.html
Supacat Unveils Latest LRV 400 Recon Vehicle
By Andrew Chuter10:49 a.m. EDT September 11, 2015
LONDON — The DSEi show is not scheduled to open its doors at London’s Excel Centre until Sept. 15. But British specialist military vehicle maker Supacat has decided not to wait to take the wraps off the latest version of its LRV 400 Special Forces light reconnaissance vehicle it will debut when the lights go up on what promises to be the world’s biggest defense show of the year. Supacat has improved on the first version of the vehicle it launched in 2012 with a number of upgrades incorporated in the Mk2 being displayed for the first time at the show. A company spokesman said the most significant design change was a switch of the automotive platform to the Land Rover Discovery rather than the rally car platform previously offered. Two of the Mk 2 LRV400’s are built and a third is in production. The spokesman said the company expects to have four vehicles complete by the end of the year and be fully production ready by the middle of 2016.
The spokesman wouldn’t comment on potential customers for the LRV400Mk2, but it is known several Special Forces organizations are shopping for a vehicle in this class. The vehicle is effectively a scaled down version of the Honiton, West England Company’s Jackal light patrol vehicle purchased in large numbers by the British for action in Afghanistan. LRV400 is able to be converted from 4x4 to 6x6 configuration in similar fashion to Supacat’s larger Extenda vehicles purchased by Australia and others. Phil Applegarth, the head of Supacat, said that LRV400 Mk2 gives users the ability to drive on and off a Chinook helicopter operationally ready.
Improving Ride and Mobility
Christopher F Foss 18 September 2015
BAE Systems is showing the latest version of the Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) with a number of technology inserts, including technology adapted from Formula 1 racing cars. All CV90 vehicles built to date have been fitted with conventional torsion bar suspension, but the latest CV90 technology demonstrator has an active suspension system, which not only provides a much better ride for the crew but also improved cross-country mobility. BAE Systems is also showing a new product called ‘Battlefield 360’, an advanced technology system that allows soldiers inside an armoured combat vehicle to ‘see through‘ the solid armour of the vehicle for a much enhanced level of situational awareness. Engineers are developing two types of display for use on any vehicle and both can be annotated with symbology to identify friendly forces and targets.
Stephen Quick Named Director-General of Canadian War Museum
New boss held posts at National Gallery of Canada, Science and Tech Museum and Aviation Museum
CBC News Sep 15, 2015
Stephen Quick has taken over the top post at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, moving over from another national museum in the capital.
Stephen Quick was named the new director-general of the Canadian War Museum, moving over from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. (William Kent/Canadian War Museum). The previous director-general, James Whitham, stepped down on Feb. 1, 2015 after three years because he wanted to return to his former job as director of the museum's collection of military artifacts. Since 2010, Quick had been director-general of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum where he helped acquire the first Canadarm. He was also in charge of conservation of the collections belonging to the Canada Science and Technology Corporation, which includes the aviation museum as well as the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Canada Science and Technology Museum. That latter museum was forced to close in September 2014 because of a leaking roof and mould.
Quick has also held positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage and spent 27 years in the Canadian publishing industry. "The Canadian War Museum is an exceptional institution; it is a place for collective memory, a place to engage in the type of dialogue that helps us all understand the effect of conflict on the human experience in the context of Canada's military history," said Quick in a statement announcing his appointment, effective immediately. "It is both an honour and a humbling experience to be given this incredible responsibility." Mark O'Neill, a former director-general of the military museum and now the president and CEO of the Crown Corporation that operates the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, welcomed Quick to his management team. O'Neill cited Quick's strong leadership skills and experience in national museums as key reasons for the hire.
Honest John Missile Launcher Reconstruction
With great excitement and some trepidation I would like to announce that, with the tireless assistance of retired IG, Rob Clarke and an old RCEME friend of mine, Rob Love; I have acquired the launcher mechanism from Honest John "AA" from a Manitoba scrapyard and will, over the next two or so years, restore it and a suitable M386 truck chassis as a mobile memorial to all Honest John Gunners. The RCA Museum has also been kind enough to make a permanent loan of an M405A1 Handling Unit trailer! The launcher and trailer will be delivered to the museum Wed, 16 Sep at 0900 hrs. Folks are welcome to come out and watch... the address is on our website listed below.
I am looking at contacting as many steely eyed missile men as I can, to gather their stories and memories of the HJ and am hoping that many of them will be able to assist in the restoration with photos, documents and even bits and pieces they may have accumulated during their time in 1 or
2 SSM. Special thanks go out to Mr Gnr Dave Robinson who found just about all the manuals for me. I have attached a photo of "AA" in her heyday and am hoping to identify the members of the detachment and the date the photo was taken.
Could you put this out on your jungle drum network asking it to be spread as far and wide as
possible? Folks are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the phone
Cheers and Ubique! Mike
MTA Calnan, `Major
President, The Swords and Ploughshares Museum
www.calnan.com/swords (613) 489-0489 cell
Defence Platforms - NDP Party
It’s time for a made-in-Canada defence strategy that reflects modern global realities. Canada hasn’t issued a white paper on defence since 1994. As a first step, New Democrats would launch a comprehensive review to ensure that our defence policy matches our domestic needs and our foreign policy priorities. We already know that certain problems need to be fixed. Our Forces need the right equipment to do their jobs, and taxpayers need value for money. The Conservatives have demonstrated time and again that they aren’t capable of delivering either. An NDP government would get military procurement back on track. We would implement an open and transparent bidding process to replace our aging CF-18 fleet, and we would ensure that Canada’s shipbuilding strategy serves the needs of our military. We have already committed to enhancing our search and rescue capabilities to meet international standards in response times, and our capabilities in the North need to be enhanced.
We would be there to support members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, in particular when they are ill or injured. Mental health challenges, particularly PTSD, continue to be a critical situation, with some of the most severe cases resulting in death. Despite receiving an abundance of concrete recommendations from experts in the field, and a comprehensive study undertaken by the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence, the current government has failed to implement many of the recommendations, leaving ill CAF members struggling to find care. This would receive top priority under an NDP government. We would also review the Universality of Service rule, which the Canadian Forces Ombudsman has called “arbitrary and unfair,” and seek to ensure that fear of discharge would not prevent CAF members from coming forward to obtain treatment for mental health issues.
Finally, there must be a top-to-bottom commitment to eradicate sexual harassment and assault from our military. We would ensure full implementation of the recommendations of the Deschamps report, and consider required changes to our military justice system. Canadians deserve a new vision for defence strategy in the 21st century — one where our military is well- equipped, world class, and supports its personnel. With an NDP government, they’ll get it.
Reserves 2000 Documentary
“At the Ready”: Canada's Reserve Force at Your Service ” is a short, interesting and
informative video from the Reserves 2000 Committee. It can be viewed at:
Who is it? Last Week: In last week’s answer, the first few editions went out stated that the
photo was taken in 1949. The photo was actually taken in the mid 50s.
This photo was taken in 1949 on Vancouver Island, possibly
around Parksville. We don’t know what unit this is but this 3 Ton 4x4 Bofors SP represents the many specialized design variants produced in the CMP line. This vehicle was developed on the basic 3 T 134” Wheel Base model, which had several highly specialized mods, such as spring lockouts and an open, widened cab with one seat to the right of the driver and two to the left. 501 of these were built by the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1944/45.
This Week: We are taking time out from examining photos from our extensive archives to look at something from an old issue of “Canadian Army Journal”, specifically Vol X, No. 2, from April of 1956. That was an era when people had a choice of two black and white TV stations, if they were lucky. According to popular wisdom peopled spent much of their time either in the kitchen (if they were housewives) teaching their daughter how to bake, or in the living room, smoking a pipe and helping their son play with his Meccano set.
Of course, it was also the height of the Cold War, and no place was colder than Fort Churchill, Manitoba, where Canadian and Commonwealth forces trained in order to show Ivan Ivanovich a thing or two, should he ever get past Sarah Palin (or her grandmother?). Your author lived there from 1962 until the base close in 1964, and can attest to its bracing climate. When I was there, the Penguin snowmobile was being phased out in favour of the much larger and comfortable Nodwell. However, on page 45 of the above-mentioned journal, as part of the illustrations of an article descriptively entitled “Winter Training at Churchill”, by an anonymous person, is a photo of a vehicle called a “Wapiti”. The photo, in all its clarity, is reproduced below.
I had never heard of this vehicle, and an online search reveals nothing more than another copy of the aforementioned photo. So, can you, dear reader, shed some light on this interesting looking vehicle? Who made it and how many were produced? Why wasn’t it adopted into service, and whatever happened to this prototype? Is it in the back yard of a certain former member of 15th FD? Can you solve the mystery? Speculations and the usual erudite musings can be sent to the editor, or to the author, John
“Nanook” Redmond -(email@example.com). Thanks for your help.
From the ‘Punitentary’
How did I escape Iraq? Iran.
Murphy’s other Laws
Never argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties. Emil Nolde.
CIC Vancouver and the Royal United Services Institute present a
Canada’s Foreign Policy and
the Federal Election 2015
Dr. James A. Boutilier
Dr. Michael Byers
Ms. Jill Stirk
Following a LIVE SCREENING of the MUNK DEBATES
| Date: Monday, September 28th, 2015
| Time: 3:30pm Early Registration
4:00pm Live Munk Debates Screening
5:30pm Panel Registration
Refreshments and Cash Bar
6:30-7:30pm Panel Discussion
| Location: Law Courts Inn, 5th Floor
800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
| Tickets: purchase online here
| Three weeks prior to one of the closest federal elections in recent Canadian history, a moderated panel of experts will present their views on the implications of the election outcome for Canada’s foreign and defence policies. This panel will follow a live screening of the Munk Debates, held in Toronto. Foreign policy is often neglected during campaign time. The CIC Vancouver Branch is partnering with the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) to promote public discussion in our collective mission to inform our local community with respect to international affairs.
| This year’s election is proving to be a unique one for our nation. The leaders of the three major parties in Parliament have agreed to participate in the Munk Debates on Canadian Foreign Policy, currently scheduled to coincide with this event. Following the screening and refreshments, each of our speakers will provide expert commentary on foreign policy planks of the competing parties, along with informed speculation as to what foreign policy directions might emerge after the October 19th election.
We urge members and non-members to attend and put questions to our excellent panelists.
MEET OUR PANELISTS
Dr. James A. Boutilier
Special Advisor, International Engagement Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters
Dr. James Boutilier is the Special Advisor, International Engagement at Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canada’s west coast naval formation, in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Dr. Boutilier attended Dalhousie University (BA History, 1960), McMaster University (MA History, 1962), and the University of London (PhD History, 1969). Dr. Boutilier has held posts at various universities throughout his career, including the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Dr. Boutilier’s field of expertise is Asia-Pacific defence and security. He published RCN in Retrospect in 1982 and has written extensively on maritime and security concerns. He lectures nationally and internationally on political, economic, and global security developments.
Dr. Michael Byers
Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. He has been a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, a Professor of Law at Duke University, and a Visiting Professor at the universities of Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Nordland (Norway) and Novosibirsk (Russia). Professor Byers is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and the National Post. His most recent book, International Law and the Arctic, won the 2013 Donner Prize for the best public policy book in Canada.
Ms. Jillian Stirk
Former Ambassador to Norway, Head of the Afghanistan Inter-Department Committee; Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe and Africa in DFATD
Jillian Stirk is a former Canadian ambassador and Public Service executive with more than thirty years experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international trade, and multinational negotiations. Until June 2013, Jillian was the Chief Foreign Policy Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister-Strategic Policy, Global Issues, and European Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Development. Jillian served as Canada’s Ambassador to Norway from 2005-2009. Jillian is a Dialogue Associate at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and a Mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, where she is co-leading a project on Diversity, Pluralism and the Future of Citizenship. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Allam Advisory Group, a global trade consulting firm and she is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the West Vancouver Memorial Library. She volunteers with the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, and with several other academic and community organisations.
President, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of Vancouver
Cameron Cathcart is a former broadcast journalist with a career spanning 40 years, including 30 years with the CBC as foreign correspondent in Washington, parliamentary reporter in Ottawa, national correspondent in Canada, executive producer, and on-air presenter for the CBC radio and television networks. Following early retirement Mr. Cathcart became an active volunteer. In July 2015 he was recognized by the City of Vancouver with the 2015 Civic Merit Award for his leadership of the annual Remembrance Day Service at Victory Square which has become one of the largest and most respected ceremonies of its kind in Canada
In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for “dedicated service to his peers, the community and to Canada” and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for promoting awareness of veteran’s issues in Canada.
September 5, 2015
The Chinese Canadian Military Museum is the only museum of its kind in Canada. Our goal is to collect, preserve, document, and celebrate the role of Chinese Canadian veterans in the service of Canada’s military.
Our emphasis over the past 15 years had been on educating Canadians on the role Chinese Canadians played during the Second World War, and the double victory that was won as a result of their sacrifice. Not only did Chinese Canadians play a role in the victory of the Allies over fascism in 1945; they also improved the lives of all Chinese Canadians when, in 1947, the federal government finally granted the community full citizenship and the right to vote.
Today, we have only a small number of Canadian veterans from this war still with us. Many are active in our museum. All are in their 90s.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It is a milestone year that we need to commemorate. Sadly, we recognize this is one of our last opportunities to honour as many of the few remaining World War II veterans still alive.
To this end, our museum is hosting a 70th Anniversary Commemorative Gala dinner on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Vancouver. This is the year, and the occasion, to really honour the veterans that are left by hosting the most amazing gala commemorative dinner for them with an outstanding, distinguished Canadian in attendance.
To make this year truly special, we have invited Lieutenant General (Ret’d), the Honourable Romeo Dallaire and he has accepted to be our keynote speaker for the evening. He is a former soldier and Canadian senator. And he is a man who, due to his time in Rwanda as a peacekeeper, speaks passionately about conflict, resolution, compassion … and forgiveness.
Although he is a high profile speaker, he does not take any money for himself. However, he does use his speaking fees to raise money for his humanitarian work – specifically his mission to end the use of child soldiers. All money goes to his foundation, and he is selective as to what speaking engagements he accepts. Your support by attending this dinner will help us to raise money not only for our museum but also for LGen Dallaire’s foundation.
The museum is promoting this event to all the military regimental associations, Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETs) units, Royal Canadian Legions (RCL) branches and local militia units and reserves. We hope that you will join us at this momentous occasion to pay tribute to these war heroes. If you also wish to donate to the museum, we are able to issue tax receipts for your contribution to help us carry on with the stories and legacies of these veterans. Please use the attached form to order your tickets and do share this invitation to your family, friends and colleagues at work and clubs. I look forward to seeing you at the dinner.
Thank you for your support of our veterans.
15th Field Artillery Regt Seeking Recruits
Primary Reserve Artillery Information Session
Monday October 19th, 2015 @ 6:00 P.M
Monday October 26th, 2015 @ 6:00 P.M
Those interested in applying to the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves are welcome to attend a one-hour information session as a first step in the recruitment process.
These sessions will include information on career availability, benefits, training, and more.
Registration is mandatory for all information sessions
2025 West 11th Ave, Vancouver BC
To register, call 604-666-4371 or email 15FdRegtRecruiting@forces.gc.ca
Be sure to include the following information:
· Your name and address
· Phone number (home, work, cell)
· Email address
· Date and time of presentation
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