History UsefulNotes / CanucksWithChinooks

7th Sep '16 8:25:53 AM valkorus
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One interesting trait of the Canadian Forces is that they've done very good work with at times [[WithThisHerring very crappy equipment]]. In World War I, the first Canadian troops were sent into combat with [[ShurFineGuns rifles that tended jam in mud or even disassemble when fired]], and poorly stitched boots that tended to fall apart at the slightest wear. Yet in spite of these difficulties, Canadians still pulled off [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] at places like Vimy Ridge and Ypres. In World War II, the Canadian Army was smart enough to take "Hobart's Funnies," a variety of specialized tanks, when offered and used them to good effect on Juno Beach on D-Day. More recently, the Canadian Forces had to make do with antiquated junk like the Sea King helicopters (that required up to 24 hours of maintenance for every one hour of flight time), although they continued to serve in the first Gulf War and in the Yugoslavian conflict.

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One interesting trait of the Canadian Forces is that they've done very good work with at times [[WithThisHerring very crappy equipment]]. In World War I, the first Canadian troops were sent into combat with [[ShurFineGuns rifles that tended jam in mud or even disassemble when fired]], and poorly stitched boots that tended to fall apart at the slightest wear. Early in the war, they were also issued the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacAdam_Shield_Shovel MacAdam Shield Shovel]], which was designed to be a both a trench-digging tool and a shield from enemy fire, but somehow failed to do either effectively (admittedly, the [[DidntThinkThisThrough "sight hole"]] significantly reduced its effectiveness as a shovel). Yet in spite of these difficulties, Canadians still pulled off [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] at places like Vimy Ridge and Ypres. In World War II, the Canadian Army was smart enough to take "Hobart's Funnies," a variety of specialized tanks, when offered and used them to good effect on Juno Beach on D-Day. More recently, the Canadian Forces had to make do with antiquated junk like the Sea King helicopters (that required up to 24 hours of maintenance for every one hour of flight time), although they continued to serve in the first Gulf War and in the Yugoslavian conflict.
24th Aug '16 1:30:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** Among the [=NATO=]/[=BLUEFOR=] nations, Canada has a wide selection of specialist vehicles and fast tanks, along with the fastest transports in the game. All this adds up to make them a good raiding/harassing force and a headache for [=PACT=]/[=REDFOR=] on their own, but when combined with their coalition partners [[AussiesWithArtillery ANZAC]] (elite infantry and recon) and [[BritsWithBattleships the UK]] [[StoneWall (heavy tanks and artillery)]], they become and absolute nightmare. On their own, this same speed and versatility allows them to use flexible defensive formations to similarly devastating effect.

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** Among the [=NATO=]/[=BLUEFOR=] nations, Canada has a wide selection of specialist vehicles and fast tanks, along with the fastest transports in the game. All this adds up to make them a good raiding/harassing force and a headache for [=PACT=]/[=REDFOR=] on their own, but when combined with their coalition partners [[AussiesWithArtillery [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery ANZAC]] (elite infantry and recon) and [[BritsWithBattleships the UK]] [[StoneWall (heavy tanks and artillery)]], they become and absolute nightmare. On their own, this same speed and versatility allows them to use flexible defensive formations to similarly devastating effect.
22nd Jul '16 11:00:46 PM nombretomado
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* They have some showing in the ''CompanyOfHeroes'' series. The first game has the 4th Canadian Infantry Division aid the Americans in the Falaise Pocket, though they appeared identical to American units. ''Opposing Fronts'' has the British forces be able to choose the Royal Canadian Artillery Support doctrine for battle, and the British campaign has the player take control of some Canadian infantry in attacking Carpiquet - they were identical in use to the normal British units, but had differently-accented lines. In ''Tales of Valor'', the 18th Canadian Brigade attacks Trun in the Falaise Pocket campaign section of the game.

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* They have some showing in the ''CompanyOfHeroes'' ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' series. The first game has the 4th Canadian Infantry Division aid the Americans in the Falaise Pocket, though they appeared identical to American units. ''Opposing Fronts'' has the British forces be able to choose the Royal Canadian Artillery Support doctrine for battle, and the British campaign has the player take control of some Canadian infantry in attacking Carpiquet - they were identical in use to the normal British units, but had differently-accented lines. In ''Tales of Valor'', the 18th Canadian Brigade attacks Trun in the Falaise Pocket campaign section of the game.
3rd Jun '16 10:53:59 PM Doug86
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UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne was when the Canadian army began [[TookALevelInBadass Taking levels in Badass]], as it turned in an impressive performance at places like Passchendaele, Ypres, and of course Vimy Ridge, a performance that was integral to Canada's development both as a nation and on the world stage. The "Hundred Days Offensive" is sometimes called "''Canada's'' Hundred Days" as the Canadian Corps was used as "The Shock Army of the British Empire" in the attacks that pushed the Germans back over the Hindenburg Line. Canadian soldiers later made their BadassArmy reputation clear in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]Storming Juno Beach (the second best defended sector) on D-Day and advancing the farthest is a particular highlight.[[/note]]and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. Since then, though, they are usually deployed in UN peacekeeping, and that made some Canadian soldiers unhappy. Currently serving with their U.S. allies in the WarOnTerror in Afghanistan, they also served in Bosnia and the First UsefulNotes/GulfWar. To this day the Canadian forces have a reputation for punching above their weight and can be [[BewareTheNiceOnes downright scary]] in joint-forces training exercises.

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UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was when the Canadian army began [[TookALevelInBadass Taking levels in Badass]], as it turned in an impressive performance at places like Passchendaele, Ypres, and of course Vimy Ridge, a performance that was integral to Canada's development both as a nation and on the world stage. The "Hundred Days Offensive" is sometimes called "''Canada's'' Hundred Days" as the Canadian Corps was used as "The Shock Army of the British Empire" in the attacks that pushed the Germans back over the Hindenburg Line. Canadian soldiers later made their BadassArmy reputation clear in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]Storming Juno Beach (the second best defended sector) on D-Day and advancing the farthest is a particular highlight.[[/note]]and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. Since then, though, they are usually deployed in UN peacekeeping, and that made some Canadian soldiers unhappy. Currently serving with their U.S. allies in the WarOnTerror in Afghanistan, they also served in Bosnia and the First UsefulNotes/GulfWar. To this day the Canadian forces have a reputation for punching above their weight and can be [[BewareTheNiceOnes downright scary]] in joint-forces training exercises.



* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne on the Western Front, German soldiers were so terrified of Canadian soldiers, that they coined a new word to describe them: ''Sturmtruppen'', AKA Storm Troopers. They knew from experience that wherever the Canadian troops were, it was expected there would be an offensive attack. So to surprise the Germans for the Battle of Amiens, the British armies secretly moved all four Canadian divisions to Amiens, using false radio unit to make the Germans believe that they were at Ypres. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George said this about the Canadians:

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI on the Western Front, German soldiers were so terrified of Canadian soldiers, that they coined a new word to describe them: ''Sturmtruppen'', AKA Storm Troopers. They knew from experience that wherever the Canadian troops were, it was expected there would be an offensive attack. So to surprise the Germans for the Battle of Amiens, the British armies secretly moved all four Canadian divisions to Amiens, using false radio unit to make the Germans believe that they were at Ypres. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George said this about the Canadians:



* The Canadian military entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo is generally considered the start of true Canadian independence. While Confederation actually occurred in the late 19th century, Canada was still beholden to Britain, such that when Britain declared war in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, Canada was automatically at war as well. World War Two, however, had Canada enter the war independently, with Parliament specifically debating and declaring war several days ''after'' Britain (their actual entrance into the war was never really doubted, though). As only nations can declare formal war on other nations, it was the biggest step towards independence since Confederation, and Canada has generally been considered its own nation ever since.
* As mentioned above, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade Devil's Brigade]] did exist, with American and Canadian soldiers teaming up in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.

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* The Canadian military entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is generally considered the start of true Canadian independence. While Confederation actually occurred in the late 19th century, Canada was still beholden to Britain, such that when Britain declared war in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Canada was automatically at war as well. World War Two, however, had Canada enter the war independently, with Parliament specifically debating and declaring war several days ''after'' Britain (their actual entrance into the war was never really doubted, though). As only nations can declare formal war on other nations, it was the biggest step towards independence since Confederation, and Canada has generally been considered its own nation ever since.
* As mentioned above, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade Devil's Brigade]] did exist, with American and Canadian soldiers teaming up in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* They show up in Robert Graves' [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne World War I]] memoir, ''Literature/GoodbyeToAllThat'', set mostly in France, where they become very unpopular with the British soldiers, due largely to their much better pay.

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* They show up in Robert Graves' [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne World War I]] UsefulNotes/WorldWarI memoir, ''Literature/GoodbyeToAllThat'', set mostly in France, where they become very unpopular with the British soldiers, due largely to their much better pay.
8th Mar '16 4:20:02 PM FlashSteps
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On the other hand, Canada is also in a nifty defensible position where the entire population, numbering only 34 million, could virtually vanish into the Arctic - and very few militaries in the world would be equipped to follow them. You see, [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia General Winter]] does not just fight for the Russians.

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On the other hand, Canada is also in a nifty defensible position where the entire population, numbering only 34 35 million, could virtually vanish into the Arctic - and very few militaries in the world would be equipped to follow them. You see, [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia General Winter]] does not just fight for the Russians.
13th Feb '16 3:32:37 PM ForminaSage
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UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne was when the Canadian army began [[TookALevelInBadass Taking levels in Badass]], as it turned in an impressive performance at places like Passchendaele, Ypres, and of course Vimy Ridge, a performance that was integral to Canada's development both as a nation and on the world stage. The "Hundred Days Offensive" is sometimes called "''Canada's'' Hundred Days" as the Canadian Corps was used as "The Shock Army of the British Empire" in the attacks the pushed the Germans back over the Hindenburg Line. Canadian soldiers later made their BadassArmy reputation clear in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]Storming Juno Beach (the second best defended sector) on D-Day and advancing the farthest is a particular highlight.[[/note]]and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. Since then, though, they are usually deployed in UN peacekeeping, and that made some Canadian soldiers unhappy. Currently serving with their U.S. allies in the WarOnTerror in Afghanistan, they also served in Bosnia and the First UsefulNotes/GulfWar. To this day the Canadian forces have a reputation for punching above their weight and can be [[BewareTheNiceOnes downright scary]] in joint-forces training exercises.

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UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne was when the Canadian army began [[TookALevelInBadass Taking levels in Badass]], as it turned in an impressive performance at places like Passchendaele, Ypres, and of course Vimy Ridge, a performance that was integral to Canada's development both as a nation and on the world stage. The "Hundred Days Offensive" is sometimes called "''Canada's'' Hundred Days" as the Canadian Corps was used as "The Shock Army of the British Empire" in the attacks the that pushed the Germans back over the Hindenburg Line. Canadian soldiers later made their BadassArmy reputation clear in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]Storming Juno Beach (the second best defended sector) on D-Day and advancing the farthest is a particular highlight.[[/note]]and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. Since then, though, they are usually deployed in UN peacekeeping, and that made some Canadian soldiers unhappy. Currently serving with their U.S. allies in the WarOnTerror in Afghanistan, they also served in Bosnia and the First UsefulNotes/GulfWar. To this day the Canadian forces have a reputation for punching above their weight and can be [[BewareTheNiceOnes downright scary]] in joint-forces training exercises.
2nd Feb '16 9:58:47 PM VutherA
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14th Dec '15 2:36:36 PM maxwellsilver
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The Canadian Forces, as they are known today, were formed by the unification of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian Army into a single command structure in 1968 to [[ExecutiveMeddling save on]] [[BoringButPractical non-essential costs like overlapping training, supply and administrative structures]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forces#Unification_and_beyond This had elicited some resistance]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks from Canadian soldiers]], but over time, they accepted it -- mostly. The unified administration and training ultimately worked out after initial teething troubles, but the idea of trying to create a single service identity and uniform with no distinction between army, navy and air force never really caught on with the troops. Gradually, the services reasserted some of their former identities, with Maritime Command regaining the use of naval rank titles after a few years, followed by the readoption of separate dress uniforms for the (still lower-case) army, navy and air force in [[TheEighties the 1980s]] (though the new Distinct Environmental Uniforms were more of a [[PaletteSwap palette swap]] of the Unification uniform with some differences in detail rather than a return to the services' former uniforms).

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The Canadian Forces, as they are known today, were formed by the unification of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian Army into a single command structure in 1968 to [[ExecutiveMeddling save on]] [[BoringButPractical on non-essential costs like overlapping training, supply and administrative structures]].structures. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forces#Unification_and_beyond This had elicited some resistance]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks from Canadian soldiers]], soldiers, but over time, they accepted it -- mostly. The unified administration and training ultimately worked out after initial teething troubles, but the idea of trying to create a single service identity and uniform with no distinction between army, navy and air force never really caught on with the troops. Gradually, the services reasserted some of their former identities, with Maritime Command regaining the use of naval rank titles after a few years, followed by the readoption of separate dress uniforms for the (still lower-case) army, navy and air force in [[TheEighties the 1980s]] (though the new Distinct Environmental Uniforms were more of a [[PaletteSwap palette swap]] {{palette swap}} of the Unification uniform with some differences in detail rather than a return to the services' former uniforms).
5th Dec '15 11:53:08 PM maxwellsilver
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* Canada was the first country to adapt the [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles FN FAL]] Battle Rifle. They had developed their variant referred to as the [=C1A1=] Battle Rifle. (Which is a derivative of the British [=L1A1=] Self-Loading Rifle.) Like the [=L1A1=], it was designed with imperial measurements instead of metric measurements. It can only fire in semi-automatic and it can be fed stripper clips. They also developed the [=C2A1=], which was used by the Canadian Navy that can fire in full-auto. It was replaced with the Colt C7, which was a Colt AR-15 made under a license.

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* Canada was the first country to adapt the [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles FN FAL]] Battle Rifle. They had developed their variant referred to as the [=C1A1=] Battle Rifle. (Which is a derivative of was copied into the British and Australian [=L1A1=] Self-Loading Rifle.) Like the [=L1A1=], it was designed with imperial measurements instead of metric measurements. It can only fire in semi-automatic and it can be fed stripper clips. They also developed the [=C2A1=], which was used by the Canadian Navy that can fire in full-auto. It was replaced with the Colt C7, which was a Colt AR-15 made under a license.
2nd Nov '15 1:20:58 PM ProfessorDetective
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[[caption-width-right:350:Avro Arrow, considered to be a cut above anything either the Russians or the Americans could field at the time, if only politics [[note]]and the invention of the ICBM[[/note]] didn't get it canceled.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Avro [[caption-width-right:350:The Avro Arrow, considered to be a cut above anything either the Russians or the Americans could field at the time, if only politics [[note]]and the invention of the ICBM[[/note]] didn't get it canceled.]]
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