The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. Have a great Labour Day Weekend!!!
The availability of war service records, particularly online, is often restricted to the Wars of the 20th Century. It is possible to even find some 19th century war records such as the Napoleonic Wars. This is the first time that a medieval warfare database has been digitized. The information includes the area of service (ex. man at arms) as well as some disease and casualty records. The detail is incredible and opens up a whole new realm of understanding of the makeup of the British soldiers who fought in the 100 years war, even at the famed Battle of Agincourt. Anyone who is interested in researching this conflict or the men who fought in it will find this site an invaluable asset.
The elite Canadian Special Forces team JTF 2 made a rare appearance this week after making public an exercise that was performed in tandem with the Canadian Coast Guard. Prime Minister Harper was on hand to observe and hopes that the public appearance will showcase to Canada and the world the elite counter-terrorism forces at Canada’s disposal. Typically the special forces in Canada operate in almost complete secrecy, something radically different from the very public face of other country’s special forces, such as the British SAS or the US Navy Seals. Will JTF 2 see the same cultural fame in Canada as these other special forces have appearing in video games and tv programs? Probably not, but certainly Canadians may begin to see more of its top performing soldiers in the future.
A recent study has shown that Canadians are largely unaware of the War of 1812 itself, much less having knowledge of any particular details about the war. This online quiz has two levels of difficulty. One is for general information which would be taught in a school classroom and a more challenging one for those who consider themselves well informed on the subject. See if you fall into the category of Canadians who are largely in the dark on the history of the War of 1812 or if you are one of the few who do not need Harper’s bad nationalistic advertisements to inform you on Canadian history.