Canadian Heroes: Storm Troopers

June 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm 17 comments

I recently read an article about the upcoming movie, Passchendaele, which discusses Canadian involvement in World War I. In this article Canadian troops were referred to as Storm Troopers. I thought this was pretty cool, but I had never heard of our soldiers being referred to in this way previously. Time for some research.

From Captain J.B. Paulin in a speech given at the Empire Club of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, on May 23, 1918.

“The officer to whom I previously referred said, “There seems to be a fear back here in Canada that the Germans are going to make a frontal attack upon the Canadians, but the Canadians at the Front are afraid they won’t (laughter) and,” he continued, “they will get the biggest reception they ever got and pay the biggest price”; and it is interesting to us to know that the only part of the line that the Canadians fought for so strenuously arid won which is still in the hands of the Allies, is that which is being held by the Canadians themselves. (Applause.) They are called “The storm troops of the British Empire” by the Kaiser, and his own “storm troops” are the biggest men of his various divisions; and when he speaks of the Canadians as being the “storm troops,” it means that in his estimation, they are the best troops of the British Empire. I think the Kaiser has come more nearly to the truth there than he has ever done in anything else.”

Very well, Mr. Kaiser. Take that!

Peaceful Canadians, pffff. Show us a Kaiser that needs some butt whooping and let us at him.

(I was going to post a picture of Star Wars Storm Troopers, but decided that a picture of Princess Leah would be more appropriate.)


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  • 1. Sun Warrior  |  June 26, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hmmm… so we were part of the (British) Empire’s storm troopers… cool!

    Leah does look a bit like WWI’s spy-seductress Mata Hari, doesn’t she???

    I wonder what the porn version of Star Wars was like? Must be one. Always is…

    • 2. Anonymous  |  March 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

      actually no, we were not part of the brits storm troopers, WE were the storm troopers. in the second battle of ypres we were given the nick name because unlike the british and the french troops we didn’t run away when we were faced with 160 tons of chlorine gas. the Canadian soldiers soaked cloths with their own urine and fought through the poison gas, beating germany.

  • 3. C. Fraser  |  June 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    LOL. The porn industry is pervasive, if nothing else.

  • 4. raincoaster  |  June 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    It wasn’t as good as the original. Uh, I read it somewhere…

    Also, anyone who thinks Canadians are peaceful hasn’t seen the comments on my blog!

  • 5. C. Fraser  |  June 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Was it called Star Whores?

    But, Raincoaster, there’s a difference between ‘Peaceful’ and ‘Neurotic’ Heheh.

  • 6. Marai  |  August 29, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Yeah, we Canadians. Talk to us, we’ll tell you we want peace. Press us, we’ll go to war. We’ve got a passion in us, we love peace so much (in my humble opinion) that when we’re pressed that much to go to war, well, we fight hard. Tooth and nail.

    Our Armed Forces deserved the title of Storm Troop then, and they do now.

  • 7. C. Fraser  |  September 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Agreed! Thanks for your comment Marai.

  • 8. hank  |  October 16, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    iamasapperinthewire vimmy somme

  • 9. Anonymous  |  November 12, 2008 at 4:34 am

    The organization and tactics of “storm troops” and trench raiding parties were developed by Victor Odlum in the 1st Canadian division in 1915.

  • 10. J.M. Heinrichs  |  December 3, 2008 at 7:26 am

    In 1915, 1st Canadian Division was being run by Gen Sir Edward Alderson, followed by Gen Arthur Currie in Nov; Odlum was a Brigadier at Vimy. And the initial trench raids were begun by PPCLI while with the Brits in spring 1915.


  • 11. Peter  |  October 9, 2009 at 3:20 am

    It was not a name used by Canadians it was the German Army that gave us that name; because the Canadians were moved around the front line and used to punch holes in the German line so our allies could push forward. It was the Canadian Corps a combination of all Canadian Army units serving in Europe under General Sir Arthur Currie; and was the first Canadian army not under direct British command.

    • 12. C. Fraser  |  October 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the info, Peter.

  • 13. lisabeth  |  October 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    hola lisabeth I ant to be mermaids

  • 17. Anonymous  |  March 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    it’s Leia dipshits


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