3 Red Fridays till Remembrance Day….

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

All of the media seems to be starting their stories with the title  WW3. This sabre rattling must cease FORTHWITH. As the day of National Remembrance comes upon us we must reflect on those who paid the ultimate Price.

A reader in Japan has corrected me with regard to Pierre Elliot Trudeau being a peacenik. This lady is a teacher and old friend, whom I greatly admire and respect. Marilyn Schick sister of my apprentice Brother Dave Maxwell.

 I hereby submit a retraction to my story that Pierre Elliot Trudeau did not serve during WW2. He did in fact for a short time as an Officer Cadet. Although he disliked Conscription. He did serve in the Canadian Army for a short Period. My apologies for not getting the facts straight as my old Lt Bob Baxter would have told me “Get the facts correct first”

Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Education and the Second World War

Trudeau earned his law degree at the Université de Montréal in 1943. During his studies, he was conscripted into the Canadian Army as part of the National Resources Mobilization Act. When conscripted, he decided to join the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps, and he then served with the other conscripts in Canada, since they were not assigned to overseas military service until after the Conscription Crisis of 1944 after the Invasion of Normandy that June. Before this, all Canadians serving overseas were volunteers, and not conscripts.

Trudeau said he was willing to fight during World War II, but he believed that to do so would be to turn his back on the population of Quebec that he believed had been betrayed by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Trudeau reflected on his opposition to conscription and his doubts about the war in his Memoirs (1993): “So there was a war? Tough … if you were a French Canadian in Montreal in the early 1940s, you did not automatically believe that this was a  just war … we tended to think of this war as a settling of scores among the superpowers.”

In an Outremont by-election in 1942 he campaigned for the anti conscription candidate Jean Drapeau (later the Mayor of Montreal), and he was thenceforth expelled from the Officers’ Training Corps for lack of discipline. After the war Trudeau continued his studies, first taking a master’s degree in political economy at Harvard University‘s Graduate School of Public Administration (now the John F. Kennedy School of Government). He then studied in Paris, France in 1947 at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. Finally, he enrolled for a doctorate at the London School of Economics, but did not finish his dissertation.

On this Red Friday I would like to share an article from the BBC as a memory to all those young men who served in Germany in the 50s and 60s. I am sure that each and every one of us visited the Government Authorised houses of Ill Repute; all those years ago be it Dortmund, Bochum, Essen or the infamous Reeperbahn of Hamburg. Not to mention Amsterdam and the Windows of Canal Street. Sadly now in the interests of P R O G R E S S  the ladies of the night have been replaced:


I am not too sure that this in in fact Progress.   http://www.reeperbahn.org.uk/reeperbahn.asp?show=brothels

But then we were so young, my thanks to another 2 Apprentice brothers Limey Williams and Duke   Collinson (RIP) for introducing me to the Poufenstrasse in Dortmund.  ah  Memories are made of this.

In fact now a days you can get Government info on line: http://germanredlightdistrict.com/germany-brothels/

So my readers, I wish you a good weekend with thoughts and memories. Forget about Trump and Kim and enjoy time with Family and Loved ones.

Please try and visit a site near you of ” FLAGS OF REMEMBRANCE 201 7″   

Locations  2017:

 Antigonish, NS    Beausejour, MB   Charlottetown, PEI  Edson, AB   Kingston, ON   Lilooet, BC    Moosejaw, SK  Ottawa, ON    Ponoka, AB

Richmond, BC    Riverview, NB   Sydney, NS    Sylvan Lake, AB   Vernon, BC   Whitecourt, AB   Windsor, ON


Nil Sine Labore


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