Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Thursday, 21 December 2006

Royal Canadians launch Afstan offensive

Drinking to Ortana, soldiers and armoured tanks attached to the Royal Canadian Regiment have joined a "major" pre-Christmas Nato offensive in the Panjwai District of Afghanistan, with their British, American and Dutch allies and the growing Afghan Army, against Taliban forces. The offensive comes on the heel of reported rumours that the Taliban executed as many as 26 local Afghan men on Monday and put their headless bodies on public display around a local village, in a morbid attempt to dissuade other civilians from assisting NATO and Afghan national security forces operating in the area.

This is the first time Canadians have used tanks since the Korean War, and the first Afstan operation since the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry led Operation Medusa in the Fall, where hundreds of Taliban were killed in direct combat with the PPCLI.
Today is also the 123rd anniversary of the RCR, a regiment which had the rare honour of mounting the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace back in 2000, when it participated in the Commonwealth's marking of the 100th Anniversary of the Boer War, the first time Canadians fought together overseas.

Reports so far indicate the RCR offensive is progressing without incident. This is good news given the number of casualties the Canucks suffered in the Fall. The presence of heavy armoured tanks may make all the difference this time around.



cawp said...

May God bless and protect them, and be with their families this Christmas. We should remember and celebrate all our forces' efforts and sacrifices this coming week - hopefully the Queen will mention them in her speech this Monday, and the Commonwealth shall toast them all!