Camp-X: Canadian #AtoZChallenge

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This place had many different names. S25-1-1, Project-J, or STS-103 but was unofficially known as Camp-X

This place was located near Whitby/Oshawa, Ontario and was a joint effort between the Canadian and British governments.

In the 1940’s.

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What was this place?  A paramilitary training camp set up just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Many insist that Camp-X was key to many of the successes by allied forces during the war.


According to Wikipedia,  more than 500 allied units were trained at Camp-X during the war.  The camp was also responsible for the creation of Hydra, a station responsible for coding and decoding important communications  during the war.

Ian Flemming, James Bond author trained at Camp-X.  It’s often suspected that Bond is based on Sir William Stephenson, Canadian and Winston Churchill confidant responsible for the establishment of the centre in 1941.

Camp-X was only declassified in 1995, allowing us a peek into a secret spy training facility that might have been key to the outcome of the Second World War, right here in Canada.

THE REAL CAMP X: 10 FACTS ABOUT CANADA’S ELITE SPY SCHOOL

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B = Bullets

BNot just any bullets, which I’ve noticed you can find just about anywhere across the United States (this Canadian is still in awe at the relative ease of accessibility of weapons and ammo here).  These are special bullets.  They tell a story. One that happened before most of us were born.

In mid to late August, 1944, Canadian Major David Currie’s armoured battlegroup near St. Lambert-sur-Dives, France managed to repel attacking German forces with a final tally of approximately 2,000 German casualties.

In one tightly controlled corridor,the majority of the action resulted in a ton of casualties and incapacitated military equipment and vehicles. So much, in fact, that when I did a France Battlefield tour in 2007 (63 years later), we didn’t have to dig very deep to find artifacts from that very battle. The interesting thing about the bullets I found was that two were rather heavy, while another was significantly lighter.  Our guide explained that due to the numerous explosions, one of the bullets was so hot that the lead leaked out of the casing.

What is the story behind these bullets?  Are they strays that were simply fired downrange? Did they hit someone, or something?  We will never know, but they hold a small piece of history in them that will remain forever encapsulated in these artifacts.

It is incredible to think of the remnants of war that stay for decades and generations after peace has been achieved.

WWII Bullets from Falaise Pocket

WWII Bullets from Falaise Pocket

The story: there was an armoury explosion and this rifle got stuck in a tree and grew with it for 60+ years.

The story: there was an armoury explosion and this rifle got stuck in a tree and grew with it for 60+ years.

Digging for artifacts in Falaise Pocket

Digging for artifacts in Falaise Pocket

My collection of sand and rocks from various beaches

My collection of sand and rocks from various beaches

My collection of sand and rocks from various beaches

My collection of sand and rocks from various beaches