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The Nurses of WWI. Here is to British Nurse Edith Cavell, executed for her role in WWI.

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The Great War, WWI began in June 100 years ago. 16 million died and 20 million were wounded. The Allies lost 6 million military personnel and the Central Powers 4 million.
Women were very active in the war, and among those involved in the battlefield were the nurses. 21000 U.S. military nurses served and at least 8000 addition allied nurses served. Nearly half of U.S. nurses went overseas. 400 nurses died in WWI.
3 August 2015 is the 99 year anniversary of the arrest of a legendary British nurse. One of the most haunting stories of the death of a WWI nurse was that of British nurse Edith Cavell who served in the Red Cross and was stationed in occupied Belgium. She helped hide British and allied soldiers and smuggled them them to the neutral Netherlands. Prince Reginald de Croy at his château of Bellignies near Mons provided travel documents before the fugitive troops went to the nursing houses that helped smuggle them. From there, guides took them to the houses of Cavell as well as other houses where nurses helped them escape from Brussels. The fugitives were given enough money to reach the neutral Netherlands.
The Germans were on to Cavell and arrested her 3 August 1915 and charged her with treason. She was convicted and faced a firing squad with enormous courage.
She was held in Saint-Gilles prison for 10 weeks, with the last two in solitary confinement. She was credited with helping save two hundred soldiers. She was also known for treating enemy soldiers if they were in suffering, in pain or wounded.
Thanks to SOF fan speaking in the second video for reminding us of this brave woman who faced a firing squad 15 Oct 1915. She was 49. Please watch the video below.

HELP FOR THE TERPS!

Congress Acts to Extend, Expand Interpreter Visa Program
By SOF

Interpreters who are seeking to leave Afghanistan as American forces are being pulled out got some help from the United States Senate Friday. The legislation grants an additional 1,000 visas as well.

Canadian Mission in Afghanistan In Action

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Canadian troops were deployed to Afghanistan after 9-11 when the War on Terror was launched in what became the largest combat mission for Canadian troops since Korea. 158 died and 2000 were wounded. This action video was compiled with footage from the battlefields and with contributions from the deployed troops and is worth the watch. The Canadian mission has wound down. SOF published articles in the last decade of Canadians in action and we want to thank all our Canadian warriors who fought alongside our troops. For all those who died, R.I.P brothers and for all those wounded and families who grieve the fallen thank you for your sacrifice. This video is part of the recent series honoring the Canadian troopers.
NOTE: SOF FANS IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO OR QUOTE YOU WANT TO GIVE US FOR AN SOF ARTICLE ON CANADIAN MISSION AFTER ACTION REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT us at mbrass@sofmag.com. All photos must be approved with permissions to use.

Putting Brits to Shame Canadian Style. Well, Maybe Not Just Brits, Think?

Putting Brits to Shame Canadian Style. Well, Maybe Not Just Brits, Think? Canadians Greet Those KIA.

Anyone For a Canadian vs. U.S Tug of War?

Master Corporal John Calestino of the Windsor Regiment Canada challenges a U.S National Guardsman in Camp Aturburry Indiana

Video by Captain Tristain Hartsfield 31 Canadian Brigade Group

Live Fire With the AT-4

Members of the 155th Infantry Regiment conduct live fire training with the AT-4at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. This training allows younger Soldiers the opportunity to fire an AT-4 and to see first hand how effective this weapon can be when used properly. Also available in high definition.Sgt. Michael Needham

DEFENSE STRATEGY DANGEROUSLY UNDERFUNDED

Congressional Panel Sounds Warning
By SOF

The United States military faces “high risk” as a result of the failure to provide enough funding to execute the strategy to “pivot” towards Asia. This is among the findings of the National Defense Panel, led by William Perry, a former Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration, and former CENTCOM commander John Abiazad.

RUSSIA’S GROUND-ATTACK WARBIRD

The Su-25 Frogfoot
By SOF

The Soviet Union was facing a problem in the 1970s. The United States was deploying the A-10 Thunderbolt, which was designed to carry out close-air-support missions, which could decimate the large tank formations that the Soviets were counting on to smash NATO. They needed something similar to inflict similar losses on NATO forces. Their answer was the Su-25, which they call Grach, but which may be better known as Frogfoot. If a war is in the news, more often than not, the Frogfoot is involved.

The next grueling chapter in Afghanistan has just begun

Gloomy Outlook in Afghanistan
By SOF

The American withdrawal from Afghanistan is coming in the context of an incomplete reconstruction effort and Taliban gains. The news comes as foreign policy crises are erupting across the world.

According to a report by National Review Online, John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote in his report, “Despite the drawdown of U.S. and Coalition forces [from Afghanistan], our mission there is far from over. With almost $18 billion appropriated but not yet spent in the pipeline, and probably another $6 to $10 billion promised annually for years to come, Afghanistan reconstruction should still be relevant to every U.S. taxpayer and policy maker.”

THE BOOM ROLL: EOD'S GREATEST HITS!




RAW footage of controlled detonations by Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians assigned to the 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jesse Ventura versus Chris Kyle's ghost

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Chris Kyle, SEAL extraordinaire rocketed to fame with his book American Sniper when he claimed to be the most lethal American sniper in American history with 160 confirmed hits. In his autobiography, he wrote about punching out a man he called “Scruff Face” in Coronado California in a bar when Scruff Face bad mouthed the Navy SEALs. Jesse Ventura was in town for a SEAL reunion.
Ventura was a heavy weight champion former actor who turned to politics and became the governor of Minnesota, and later hosted a Conspiracy theory show.