January 2010
1. The Ten Boer commemoration is of particular significance for the Military History Club after all the time and effort put forth by member Frank Moore.  Frank has a deep interest in military history and has been responsible for bringing many interesting speakers to the area to promote remembrance and our military past and present. His biggest project, to date,  was to bring alive the story of Alex McCracken and his crew on the ill-fated Halifax bomber "M for MOTHER". This project has led to a trip to Ten Boer, Holland to the site of the crash and a memorial to the fallen crew to honour the crew members of HR864lqm who are buried there.

Frank's painting of the event which he had commissioned

and then presented to the mayor of Ten Boer

for town to display.


The "Christmas truce" was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of World War I around Christmas 1914.

The truce occurred during the relatively early period of the war. Hostilities had lulled as leadership on both sides reconsidered their strategies following the stalemate of the Race to the Sea and the indecisive result of the First Battle of Ypres. In the week leading up to the 25th, French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another.


3. The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II, and took place from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg, towards the end of the war in Europe. The offensive was intended to stop Allied use of the Belgian port of Antwerp and to split the Allied lines, allowing the Germans to encircle and destroy four Allied armies and force the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis powers' favour.
Battle of the Bulge
YouTube has many videos of the Battle of the Bulge.  This link will show one from the Canadian and British viewpoint
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