July 2009 Mailbag
VAN DOOS HEROES
Sir, as an ACG subscriber, I was very proud to see that my Regiment was the Legendary Combat Unit for the January  issue. While “Notable Members,” Lt Col Hercule Gosselin and Maj Lacombe, both serve the Regiment and the Canadian Forces honourably, I draw your attention to other great heroes of the "Van Doos:" Gen. Georges Vanier, one of the 22ème Bataillon’s founders, fought valiantly in WWI and eventually became Canada’s Governor General; Gen. Jean Victor Allard, who commanded the unit in Italy in 1943 and the Canadian Brigade in Korea, became the first French-Canadian Chief of the Defense Staff, Canadian Forces’ highest position; and Gen. Jacques Dextraze, a genuine fighting general who rose through the ranks from private to Chief of the Defense Staff, commanded in Europe in WW2 and Korea. My unit, the 2d Bataillon, is just back from the Canadian Manœuvre Training Centre [see photos] and is deploying to the Afghanistan hotspot of Kandahar. I thank you and wish to congratulate you on an excellent magazine.
Maj. Sébastien Campagna Commandant de la cie d’Arrière Garde 2eBataillon Royal 22e Régiment Courcelette Québec
We owe you thanks on several accounts: thanks for subscribing, thanks for sharing these other ‘Van Doos’ heroes with our readers, and thank you and your unit for your outstanding service. Have safe and successful tour of duty in Afghanistan.
CARLO D’ESTE AND ACG AT PRITZKER LIBRARY
I attended a book talk by Carlo D’Este at the Pritzker Library in Chicago last fall  at which every attendee received two copies of Armchair General. The magazine was very well received as all the audience members were reading the magazine before the talk began. The two people sitting beside me both commented positively on the magazine without any prompting.
Bradley P. Tolppanen, Charleston, IL
The Pritzker Military Library in Chicago is an outstanding organization providing not only an extensive collection of resources on military history, but serves as a great venue for frequent lectures by outstanding military historians, such as ACG Advisory Board member, Carlo D’Este. ACG is proud to support the Pritzker Military Library and encourages readers in the Chicago area to avail themselves of this outstanding resource. Information on events and upcoming lectures may be found at pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
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