If Ye Break Faith

This blog is dedicated to the promotion of educating about the Canadian experience of World War One. To discover who we are as a nation in the 21st Century, we must understand our past.


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Such Pleasant Company Being Right Beside Dedicated Comrades Always

Three things about the title of today's post.  It's perhaps the longest one yet; it is a true statement and it's once again an attempt at being clever.  As I illustrated in an earlier post, "Order of Battle" the organisation of armies can be confusing to initiates.  Fact is, sometimes I have trouble remembering which one goes where.  So, I invented a mnemonic device as an aide-memoir for the order Section, Platoon, Company, Battalion, Regiment, Brigade, Division, Corps and Army.  Pretty neat, eh?  I'm not 100% happy in using "Company" for "Company", it feels a bit like cheating.  If you can come up with something better, I'd love to see it and feature it in this column.  Send your mnemonics to our email; along with other suggestions, comments and questions.

As many of you know, "If Ye Break Faith" is gearing up to (hopefully) go live 01January 2012.  In my estimation, we're well behind where we need to be to meet that goal.  I've gone back to ones to figure out where I was falling short.  To that end, there are a number of upcoming changes.

Before I get into details, I want to credit someone who recently inspired me to re-invigorate my approach to my work.  I ran into a young fellow called Tyler whom I know through his friends, neighbours of mine.  He was wearing a poppy on his jacket as late as the 28th of November.  I remarked my pleasure at seeing this display. "It shouldn't be for just one day," he said by way of explanation, "we should always remember what our veterans have done for us."  I don't think I could have put it better, and knowing that there are folks out there that value these sentiments that this project hasn't reached yet means I need to work much harder.

Beginning Monday, this site will update daily from Monday to Friday.  Posts inclusive of the short subject essays on the Great War will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Mondays and Wednesdays will feature links and media to other First War resources.  On Fridays, taking a page from Twitter, posts will help promote sites with which IYBF have common goals.

Keeping up with this site and the project it supports can be done by following our Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed.  Any suggestions, questions or comments, please forward them to me here: ifyebreakfaith@gmail.com.

I enjoy bringing this work to you, and look forward to the project reaching it's potential.  I shall see you all (and hopefully some of your friends, too) on Monday, ready to dig in and carry on.

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