Torch November 2016
President’s Message November 2016
The fall newsletter presents an ideal time to update readers on this year’s progress on fulfilling the Friends’ mission. As a reminder, that mission is to promote, support and assist the CWM with the view to educating present and future generations of Canadians on Canada’s military heritage; preserving historical artefacts; promoting research; and encouraging future generations to reflect on past sacrifices.
Don Allen Presents FCWM with Royalty Cheque
In the last Torch we reported that Maj. (Ret’d) Don Allen, a Volunteer Interpreter in the LeBreton Gallery had published “Steel Ladies”, a book describing the backgrounds, operational capabilities and technical specifications of all the tanks and armoured cars currently on display in the Canadian War Museum. In conjunction with that achievement, he undertook to provide all profits reaped from its sale to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum (FCWM).
In the picture, and in satisfaction of this selfless offer, Don is seen presenting his first royalty cheque to BGen (Ret’d) Linda Colwell, the President of the Friends.
FCWM Used Military Book Room
AWESOME SUNDAYS by Helen McKiernan
Have you heard about Awesome Sundays at the Canadian War Museum? Let me tell you about them.
Awesome Sundays occur on the last Sunday of every month and are sponsored by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. Activities on these Sundays are geared to children and families and are free if the activities are in the lobby and/or outside, or are free, with the price of admission, if the activities take place in the galleries (usually the LeBreton Gallery). They offer exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiences with experts and fun take-home crafts.
FCWM Vice-President Cmdre (Ret’d) Robert Hamilton
Robert Hamilton is semi-retired and volunteers with the Friends of the Canadian War Museum (FCWM) Book Room where he can pursue his lifelong interest in military history. He is currently the FCWM Vice President.
He has had a comprehensive career experience beginning as a naval officer, then as vice-president of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and finally as a federal government auditor. Throughout, he has specialized in logistics, finance, accounting and audit and has particularly enjoyed the training and mentoring of others. In addition to his work with the FCWM, Robert does volunteer work with the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and is active with the Naval Association of Canada (NAC).
Bob Fowler Launches a New Book
Bob Fowler is a Friend and the author of several books and articles on military history. On 18 September he hosted the launch of his latest book, briefly described below. Well done, Bob, we are sure that this book will be of interest to many of your colleagues in the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.
COMBAT MISSION KANDAHAR - The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan by T. Robert Fowler (ISBN 978-1-4597-3516-3), 242 pages, 73 b&w illustrations index, $21.99 Paperback
Seven soldiers. Seven military specialties. Seven stories.
From 1 July – 30 September 2016 the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have welcomed the following new Friends:
- Mr. Alex Babcock
- Neil Erickson
- Ms. Sheila Han
- Mr. Roy Hostetter
- Ms. Sigrid Hough
- Mr. Bruce Paynter
Since distribution of the last Torch in August 2016, the Friends have been notified of, and mourn, the passing of the following colleagues:
- Mr. John Bannerman
- Mr. Stephen Dunne
- Mr. Milan Joncas
- Mr. Bradley Ralph
- Mrs. Rhoda Diebel
- CWO (Ret'd) John Smith
- Ms. Patricia D. McClenahan
- Mr. Vincent Berlinguette
- Mr. Douglas Bothwell
As of 30 September 2016, the following organizations are Group Friends and we thank them for their support.
- ANAVETS in Canada - Dominion Command, Ottawa
- Royal Military Colleges Club (Ottawa), Ottawa
- The Black Watch Association - Pacific Coast Branch, North Vancouver
- The Polish Combatants' Association in Canada, Head Executive Board, Toronto
- The Polish Combatants' Association, Branch 8, Ottawa
- The Royal Canadian Legion - Dominion Command, Kanata
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 006 (ON), Owen Sound
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 015 (AB), Cochrane
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 024 (ON), St Catharines
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 029 (QC), Montreal
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 037 (AB), High Prairie
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 047 (NL), Labrador City
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 055 (SK), Grenfell
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 099 (ON), Belleville
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 120 (SK), Nipawin
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 130 (SK), Hudson Bay
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 153 (MB), Carberry
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 167 (ON), Exeter
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 (AB), Caroline
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 (QC), Deux Montagnes
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 290 (SK), Nokomis
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 314 (ON), Manotick
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 341 (SK), Pense
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542 (ON), Westport
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 561 (ON), Elliot Lake
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 580 (ON), Cobourg
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 (ON), Nepean
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 636 (ON), Minden
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 638 (ON), Kanata
The Friends are grateful to the following who made general donations during the period 1 July – 30 September 2016
- LCol. William Aikman
- Maj. Donald Allen
- Mr. Donald Buchanan
- Mr. Paul Eastwood
- Mr. Colin Franklin
- Mr. Joseph Gambin
- Kerrie Hale
- F/L Harry Hardy DFC, CD
- Mr. Michael Koch
- Mrs. Geraldine Plomp
The following is a list of donors making in-memoriam donations during the period 1 July – 30 September 2016. The tributes are recorded in the language in which they were provided.
- Canadian Army Staff College Class of 1963-1655, in memory of Robert Grenier, died 16 June 2016
- Dr. Jack Granatstein, in memory of Jeffery Grey
- Dr. Jack Granatstein, in memory of Isobel Danson
- Mrs. Valerie Mansfield, in memory of Howard Mansfield
- Lori Parent, in memory of Robert Parent
The FCWM Research Committee
The Research Committee is actively involved in recording interviews of residents of the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Center, recalling some of their experiences. These recordings are made for the Military History Research Center’s Archival Fund (The George Metcalfe Archival Collection). Some people interviewed are more than 100 years old.
The Committee also puts out daily notes of “The First World War Day-by-Day.” They produce a 150-word note and picture every day on what happened in the First World War on that day, one hundred years ago. The notes are available on the Friends’ Web Site under the Twitter link, and can also be accessed through your own Twitter at the address @fcwm-amcg, or through the hashtag #daybyday1914_1918.
Mai-yu Chan and Michael Braham Receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
At a ceremony at Rideau Hall on 7 September, FCWM Volunteers Mai-yu Chan and Michael Braham received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Book Review: Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War by W. Craig Reed,
Harper Collins 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-180676-6
Reviewed by John Anderson
This is an absolutely fascinating book that turned up in the FCWM Used Military Books Room a few years ago. Even though it was published relatively recently, it seems to be hard to find.
Reviewers have compared this book to Tom Clancy's Red October, but this book is not fiction. It is partly biography and partly autobiography, based on personal experiences and first-hand interviews.