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Thread: Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostalgic View Post
    I guess it was rifle march (140 paces per minute). The march Bonny Dundee was played for 140 paces per minute. From the memoirs: “They would march 300 feet in a minute and 5,000 yards in an hour, which included 10 minutes rest at the end of each 5,000 yards.” I wonder if such precise march training still happens today.

    The battalion had formed up in Aurora, then marched to Weston for training. “The Aurora citizens gave us a wonderful send-off and presented us with 30 trumpets and eight drums."
    The CF (or CAF) standardized on 120. It made parades easier if everyone was marching the same pace They even taught us Navy (then still officially Maritime Command) officer cadets how to march. We did however have an Army instructor. A long time member of the PPCLI taught us very well. When doing rifle drill one guy dropped his rifle. The master warrant stopped mid stride. "If you EVER drop your rifle, you had better be under it before it hits the ground!" and carried on. One day after a long session in the hot sun he cracks "How about we hum a few bars of 'There's no life like it'?".


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    Quote Originally Posted by donoreo View Post
    The CF (or CAF) standardized on 120. It made parades easier if everyone was marching the same pace They even taught us Navy (then still officially Maritime Command) officer cadets how to march. We did however have an Army instructor. A long time member of the PPCLI taught us very well. When doing rifle drill one guy dropped his rifle. The master warrant stopped mid stride. "If you EVER drop your rifle, you had better be under it before it hits the ground!" and carried on. One day after a long session in the hot sun he cracks "How about we hum a few bars of 'There's no life like it'?".
    Ha. My son is at HMCS Venture right now. I'll have to show him this. He really isn't otherwise interested in Then and Now.

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    Once, a whistle-stop town - 1951



    Now, construction non-stop - 2009

    Last edited by Goldie; 2014-Jul-29 at 14:46.

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    In the old picture you can see Maple Leaf Stadium peeking out on the right side. Too bad that wasn't kept around 9 more years. The Jays could have added an upper deck to it and would've had a retro ballpark decades before Camden Yards!

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