Americans and Canadians fought alongside one another at Normandy Beach; serve together in North American Aerospace Defense's Cheyenne Mountain; and took part in fierce fighting during Operation Mountain Thrust in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Canadian forces worked with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division during Operation Mountain Thrust. This brigade calls Fort Drum, New York its home--located a mere 20 miles from the Canadian border)
I'm also risking getting my American citizenship taken away when I say this, but we Americans occasionally acknowledge some pieces of Canadian equipment as superior, copying them for ourselves. Just look at the Canadian Army's "CADPAT", a pixelated camouflage pattern which the US Armed Forces later adopted. You might also notice a bit of a similarity between Canada's family of Light Armored Vehicles and the US Marine Corps' LAV-25 and the US Army's Stryker.
One of my followers from the other side of Lake Ontario is Ian Elliot, who wrote an excellent article in the local paper about a Canadian poet, Suzanne Steele, who accompanied Canada's Princess Patricia Light Infantry into battle in Afghanistan. Although Steele reportedly had no connection to the Canadian Armed Forces, she felt compelled to chronicle their story, after noticing that few media outlets in Canada seemed to be talking about the sacrifice of their troops. Steele has a blog at warpoet.ca, where she talks about everything from the loss of her newly-made friends, to the closing of local fast food joints at Kandahar Airfield. She's now being added to the blogroll.
I also noticed a few backlinks from a message forum for Canadian troops. Seems that not much changes when you cross the St. Lawrence Seaway--PowerPoint sucks in Canada, too, apparently.
Finally, I should mention that today is Dutch Liberation Day, a holiday made possible largely by the contributions of the Canadian Army. Oddly enough, few Americans would have guessed that Canadian troops featured so prominently in the Netherlands campaign, as the efforts of American, British and Polish troops in the ill-fated Operation Market-Garden are more well-known.
I hereby salute the efforts of our allies to the north, and formally request that any Canadian milbloggers sound off--I'd love to read about the job you're doing in Afghanistan.