Saturday, June 28, 2014

World War 1

28 June 1914

So today is the day it all started!
Ref: To-days Ottawa Citizen, 28 June 2014 pg. C3
"On 28 June 1914, Radical Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip, fired the shots that killed
 Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo." [The spark which led to war]
An accompanying article starts on page C1

Ref; Legion Magazine  July/August 2014 pages 5 and 9 and
        Major feature pages 22 to 30, by Donald E. Graves.
These three articles, especially the feature article, are very important in understanding the events which led to the beginning of the war.
Note. The Legion Magazine should be available at all bookstores and will no doubt
cover the war thru to its end on 11 Nov 1918, and beyond.

Monday, June 16, 2014

War of 1812

16 June 1814
Walking with Joseph
Napoleon is still in Captivity on Elba

Walking with Andrew
18 June 1814. The war has been underway for 2 years to-day.
25 June 2014. Someone has a birthday today.  78 years young. WOW

Walking with Jim
28 June 1914. Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot to death by a Serbian
     nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia, setting off a series of events leading to War.
     Ref; Legion Magazine Special Issue on WWI, page 5

Sunday, June 1, 2014

War of 1812

Walking with Joseph
Napoleon is in exile on Island of Elbe until about 1 Mar 1815

Walking with Andrew
2 June 1814  Fort at Prairie du Chien established under General William Clark.
28 June 1814  Major William McKay's expedition leaves Fort Mackinac to capture
      Prairie du Chien

Walking with Jim
29 May 1914
Empress of Ireland is hit by Collier Storstad (carrying a cargo of coal) east of Quebec City.
She sinks in 14 minutes with a loss of 1,012 of the 1477 passengers and crew.
A list of passengers and crew can be found at website
There is an exhibit at the museum of history until 6 April 1815
Ref: Ottawa Citizen page A10, Friday 30 May 2014

Also there is a mine disaster at the Hillcrest mine at Crowsnest Pass, AB
which occurred at 09:30 16 June 1914 in which 189 men were killed
Ref; Canada's History, formerly The Beaver, June-July 2014 page 13

The above two disasters have been all but forgotten due to the start
of WW1 shortly after they occured