By Kevin Lippert
It is often called the world's friendliest border. 5 thousand miles of unfenced, unwalled foreign coexistence and a logo of neighborly goodwill among nice international locations: the USA and Canada. yet simply how pleasant is it rather? In War Plan Red, the key "cold struggle" among the USA and Canada is published in complete and funny detail.
With colourful maps and historic imagery, the breezy textual content walks the reader via each element of the long-simmering rivalry—from the "Pork and Beans battle" among Maine and Newfoundland lumberjacks, to the "Pig warfare" of the San Juan Islands, culminating with excerpts from real declassified invasion plans the Canadian and U.S. militaries drew up within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. an ideal reward for heritage buffs (and Canadians and american citizens alike), War Plan Red bargains up a brand new wrinkle within the ever-evolving historical past of North American continental kin
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In spite of Johnson’s rhetoric, the Fenians were quickly released. ” The Fenians tried a better-organized version of this same raid on Montreal on May 24 (Queen’s Day) in 1870 from Franklin, 44 Vermont, where they had amassed an astonishing arsenal of fifteen thousand weapons and three million rounds of smallarms ammunition. Not coincidentally, on the same day, President Grant issued a proclamation upholding the US Neutrality Act of 1818, which meant the government would stop looking the other way at the Fenians’ Canadian incursions.
We do know, however, that by the age of fourteen, Buster was ready to repel invaders for real and joined the 39th Norfolk Riﬂes, Simcoe’s proud volunteer militia, as a boy bugler, something that surely would have required his father’s approval. 23: Headquarters of the 39th Norfolk Rifles, Simcoe, Ontario 59 The 39th Norfolk Riﬂes was the beginning of Brown’s auspicious military career, which he pursued while teaching in nearby Port Rowan and, for a brief period, studying law. Brown’s real passion, though, was the army.
The British, he was told, had no particular desire to hold onto Canada, and if Canada wanted to go, the Empire would stand aside. This kind of bellicose saber rattling and backroom politicking surely worried some Canadians, and infuriated the new prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, who was busily building a coast-to-coast nation to rival the United States, at least in size if not in economic and military might. Canada was still abjectly poor, largely agricultural, and without a standing army, other than the recently formed North West Mounted Police (rechristened the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1904), numbering only 309 men, 300 horses, 50 cows, and 40 calves (better equipped to corral rogue American whisky runners or a few unhappy traders at the Red River Colony); a “Permanent Active Militia”; and a handful of voluntary militia units.
War Plan Red : the United States' secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States by Kevin Lippert