MI-8 HIP transport helicopter flies over a line of soldiers from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
MI-8 HIP transport helicopter flies over a line of soldiers from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.


teatimeatwinterpalace:

28th July 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.

The following telegram sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold (Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister) at 11.10 am to M. N. Pashitch (Serbian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister), who received it at 12.30 pmVienna28 July 1914The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.Count Berchtold

teatimeatwinterpalace:

28th July 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.

The following telegram sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold (Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister) at 11.10 am to M. N. Pashitch (Serbian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister), who received it at 12.30 pm

Vienna
28 July 1914

The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.

Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.

Count Berchtold



Royal Canadian Air Force Air Weapons Systems Technician, Private Patrick Samms uses a mallet to ensure that the AIM-7 Sparrow missile is installed correctly on a CF-18 Hornet at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014.

Something about hitting live ordnance with a hammer just doesn't seem right to me.
Royal Canadian Air Force Air Weapons Systems Technician, Private Patrick Samms uses a mallet to ensure that the AIM-7 Sparrow missile is installed correctly on a CF-18 Hornet at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014.

Something about hitting live ordnance with a hammer just doesn't seem right to me.



A soldier loads a magazine for his sidearm prior to an exercise, RIMPAC 2014.

A soldier loads a magazine for his sidearm prior to an exercise, RIMPAC 2014.



A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company waits for the start of a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company waits for the start of a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.




When I worked at the airport here in Ottawa I encountered a gentleman who related to me the story of his uncle who had fought with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in Normandy. His unit had been surrounded by an element of the 12th SS and, when they were forced to surrender, he ordered his men to resist any interrogation and to only say the bare minimum. In response, an SS soldier executed him with a burst from his MP-40 to the back of the man’s skull. 
It was a very sobering conversation.
-André

When I worked at the airport here in Ottawa I encountered a gentleman who related to me the story of his uncle who had fought with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in Normandy. His unit had been surrounded by an element of the 12th SS and, when they were forced to surrender, he ordered his men to resist any interrogation and to only say the bare minimum. In response, an SS soldier executed him with a burst from his MP-40 to the back of the man’s skull. 

It was a very sobering conversation.

-André



A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company takes up a firing position as part of a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company takes up a firing position as part of a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.


A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company fires at the opposing force while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company fires at the opposing force while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.


A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company resupplies his C9A2 light machine gun while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company resupplies his C9A2 light machine gun while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.


Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company fire at the opposing force while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company fire at the opposing force while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.


He later used it as a photo op to show that it was unscathed after rumors spread throughout Canada that the Vimy memorial was among those destroyed or desecrated by the invading army.

He later used it as a photo op to show that it was unscathed after rumors spread throughout Canada that the Vimy memorial was among those destroyed or desecrated by the invading army.



Royal Canadian Air Force Air Weapons Systems Technicians use an MJ-1A Weapons Loader to load a CF-18 Hornet with AIM-7 Sparrow missiles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014.
Royal Canadian Air Force Air Weapons Systems Technicians use an MJ-1A Weapons Loader to load a CF-18 Hornet with AIM-7 Sparrow missiles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014. 


Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets taxi down a runway prior to the jets being loaded with AIM-7 Sparrow missiles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014.
Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets taxi down a runway prior to the jets being loaded with AIM-7 Sparrow missiles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 21, 2014. 


A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company holds a position while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike company holds a position while taking part in a multi-national fire power demonstration with the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and American 173rd Airborne Brigade during Operation REASSURANCE on July 17, 2014 in Eastern Europe.