October 6, 2007

Canuck Combat Vid

It's a rare thing to see Canadian combat footage post 1950's. So it is, that the following videos are rare indeed. Many of you have seen these before, as they've been out for a while, but I thought I'd post them anyway.

The first marks a watershed, capturing just how aggressive Canuck operations were last summer. Our guys rooted out an enemy who'd never been driven out of his home turf ... not even by soviet offensives.

"There definitely going to wonder who the Canadians are from here on out ... that's for sure!"



I've had 3 ribbons stolen from my vehicles so far ... good thing about it is, it forces me to buy new ones, which means more donation to CF families.

And finally, a Canadian soldier who has passed on a unique legacy:

In Afghanistan, our men and women move among the indigenous people. Our soldiers know better than any of us the poverty that traps Afghans. One Canadian soldier used to write his parents about the poverty, and he requested assistance in aiding newborns … his request was simply that the home front supply caps for newborns. The knitted caps became known as Boomer Hats, named for the soldier who requested them.

That soldier was Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom. He never made it home. He was killed by a suicide bomber.

Posted by Cjunk at October 6, 2007 12:23 PM

Holy Frack, I've never been so proud of Canuck grunts as I am after seeing those videos. Thank G*d for the internet because I doubt if you would ever see stuff like this on the CBC. I didn't see Taliban Jack out there with a peace pipe though...

Posted by: texas canuck at October 6, 2007 4:01 PM

I hope the losers stealing magnets off your vehicle get a life sooner than later.

Posted by: Saskboy at October 6, 2007 4:09 PM

Not all the magnet ribbons are being stolen off the vehicles. Your local no touch Car Wash is also one of the villains. It seems the high pressure rinse wash is more than they can handle and they end up on the floor of the car wash. Check it out. our local Co-Op car wash has quite a few of them on hand from that source.

Posted by: ted at October 6, 2007 4:34 PM

I make sure to take my ribbons off before any and all carwashes ... I had to retrieve a ribbon once ... I felt like a fool rooting around the carwash bay looking for my precious ribbon ... I found it in a pile of crud in the corner.

Posted by: Paul2 at October 6, 2007 5:28 PM

"... and a polar bear."

In Remembrance

Cpl. Nathan Hornburg

In Flanders Fields

"To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high."
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Dead soldier remembered

CALGARY - Cpl. Nathan Hornburg was remembered as a good man and a hero by friends and colleagues at a celebration of his life Thursday.

The 24-year-old reservist, a member of the King's Own Calgary Regiment, died Sept. 24 while trying to put a track back on a tank while under mortar fire. He is the first member of the regiment to be killed in action since the Second World War and is the 71st Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began in 2002. [...]

Many stopped at a memory table where a photo of Hornburg with members of his troop was offset by one of him posing with a tricycle at age 3. Hornburg's work as a budding artist was also featured, including three colourful landscapes and sculptures of an eagle and a polar bear.

The card of condolence handed out included a personal verse that was written for Nathan by his fourth grade teacher:

"Praise to the mighty men, Born in the days of old, Mighty were their deeds, Strong they were and bold, Climbed the rocky crag, Sailed the stormy seas, Leaped the farthest leap, Mighty men were these." ...-

Posted by: maz2 at October 6, 2007 5:41 PM

Watching that combat video in Afghanistan made me proud, but left me worried. If things go the way they're going in Europe (riots and gunfire in France), they will eventually get that way in Canada too when a sufficiently large Muslim population emigrates and births its way to locally large numbers.

As you can see from today's National Post, this is already happening near Brampton. Anyway, here's my point: has anyone thought for a moment what it's going to be like fighting an urban warfare battle in one of Canada's suburbs, filled as they are with flimsy 2x4 homes covered in chipboard, tar paper and pvc siding? Some of those high powered rounds will go right through a house and into the next house. What this means is that almost no suburban locality, especially those with slab foundations, is defensible.

Every war we've seen so far, from Berlin, to Kosovo, to Iraq has been fought through towns with stone foundation houses, stone hedges, bricks, dry stone hedges, drainage canals, mud walls, mud and stone walls, adobe, cinder block walls, cement walls and earth barriers.

Take a walk through your average Canadian suburb. A single RPG would gut the average house. A single clip from an AK-47 would leave holes from one side to the other.

Of course it will never come to that, eh? Just wait.

Posted by: Frank Hilliard at October 6, 2007 6:29 PM

I can make no absolute promises, but know this. While I serve, it will not come here. Not on my watch.

Posted by: Chris at October 6, 2007 8:30 PM

Canada should be proud of its fighting forces. I believe the world record for a sniper shot was achieved by a Canadian in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Apollyon at October 6, 2007 9:08 PM

Hmm the clips show a lot about your troops professionalism. The results of intense combat drills are evident. The Commander's speech mannerisms also gave me flashbacks to other places and times :)

I sadly admit though that due to intense media brainwashing I kept expecting one of his expletive emphasized orders to end with an "ehhh" :)

Posted by: JD at October 6, 2007 10:02 PM


You are correct about that record shot. Unfortunately, the soldier was not treated like a hero or honoured as he would have been in any other country. Instead he was accused of disrespecting the bodies of dead insurgents (along with some of his colleagues) and ended up leaving the military in disgrace. I don't recall all of the details, but it's out there on the net if you want to go find it. Suffice to say that the whole story will not leave you with a patriotic glow in your heart. We should be writing songs about this guy, and instead he's living in obscurity.

Posted by: cherenkov at October 6, 2007 11:24 PM

This was posted again at LiveLeak yesterday. Check out the comments!

Posted by: Knight of Good Mr. Iron Man at October 7, 2007 12:09 AM

What are the odds of a "friendly fire" incident involving Coderre's taxi, or whatever he's sightseeing in? ...if there is a God.....

Posted by: eastern paul at October 7, 2007 12:52 AM

cherenkov, that's outrageous. The soldier can hold his head high; his critics aren't fit to lick his boots.

Posted by: Apollyon at October 7, 2007 12:58 AM

joe: What's you point?

Posted by: Paul2 at October 7, 2007 11:21 AM

joebf is the wack-job troll formerly known as robertbollocks. Ignore him, he's crazier than a poop-house rat.

Hey joe, anybody found your barbeque yet?

Posted by: Yukon Gold at October 7, 2007 11:51 AM

Joebs is floating the usual stereotypes and cliches about "right wingers" to justify his thinking. Most of us have no idea who he is talking about. Funny how this line of thinking gets nobody elected, causes no progress, but Jack Layton tell us this is "how Canadians think" or the Grits talk about "Liberal values."

Quite laughable really; it seems the left continues to underestimate the right of centre in this country, despite the fact they are the majority and frankly, are responsible for transactions of progress, rather than decline.

Posted by: Shamrock at October 7, 2007 1:08 PM

"twenty pounds"

Posted by: anon at October 7, 2007 1:26 PM

The spirit of Vimy Ridge and Dieppe lives on!

Posted by: LT at October 8, 2007 1:50 PM