Shelldrake: Canadian Artillery Museums and Gun Monuments

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iUniverse, Feb 22, 2012 - History - 406 pages

Shelldrake is an informative and detailed synopsis of the carefully preserved and restored guns and artillery on display in Canada. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery is represented by a long and distinguished line of gunners with historical ties back to the days before Canadas Confederation. The honour of defending Canada while standing ready to support operations overseas in peace and war continues to this day. In doing so, it is necessary to remember that the weapons of war are an integral part of what keeps this nation safe, although the examples that have been used to make it so are few and far between. The descriptions of Canadian artillery and the places of honour where they can be viewed highlights the importance of the equipment that brought our nation forward at key turning points in history when our guns were in use as tools of war at home and overseas. This guide book will show the interested reader where to find examples of the historical guns preserved in Canada, and perhaps serve as a window on how Canadas military contribution to security in the world has evolved.


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Major (Retired) Harold A. Skaarup served with the Canadian Forces as an Army Intelligence Officer, retiring in August 2011. During his 40 years of service, he was a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment and served three tours with the Canadian Forces Parachute Demonstration Team “The Skyhawks”. He served overseas as an Intelligence Officer with HQ CFE and 4 CMBG in Lahr, Germany and with NORAD in Colorado Springs. He has been on operational deployments with the UN in Nicosia, Cyprus, with SFOR in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with ISAF’s KMNB in Kabul, Afghanistan. He served as an instructor at the Combat Training Centre, CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick and at the Intelligence Training Schools at CFB Borden and CFB Kingston, Ontario. He earned his Master’s degree in War Studies through the Royal Military College, and has authored a number of books on military history.

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