Tag Archives: PPCLI

Episode 039 – Capt Slade Lerch

Slade Lerch joined the Canadian Armed Forces out of the 2483 PPCLI Army Cadets in Victoria, British Columbia.  Arriving as a new private in November 1986, as a military driver with 11 Service Battalion (now 39 Service Battalion), he decided to make the switch to the Infantry and started that new trade with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.  In 1988, he then went on to component transfer to the PPCLI in Wainwright, Ablerta. Having already completed his Basic Para Course, […]

Episode 036 – MGen Lewis MacKenzie

Lewis MacKenzie was born in Truro, Nova Scotia a long time ago. He is a graduate of Xavier Junior College of Sydney Nova Scotia and the University of Manitoba. During his thirty six year military career he served nine years in Germany with NATO forces and managed to avoid service in Ottawa by fitting in nine peacekeeping tours of duty in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Cairo, Vietnam, Central America and Sarajevo. In 1990 Lewis was appointed commander of the United […]

Episode 035 – Col Peter Dawe

Colonel Dawe joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 as an artillery officer. Following a tour to Cyprus as a troop commander, he reclassified to the infantry, and joined the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Col Dawe’s regimental experience has included command appointments at the platoon, company and, most recently, at the battalion level as Commanding Officer of 3 PPCLI. Col Dawe’s extra-regimental employment has included tours at the Canadian Forces Recruit and Leadership School as a recruit […]

Episode – 030 Year One Look-Back and Review

In this episode, I look back at some of the highlights from the first year of the Canadian Military History Podcast as well as one clip from the cutting room floor. The clips come from LCol Mike Vernon, LGen Andrew Leslie, WO2 Sam Magee, WO2 Stan Egerton and Sgt Chris Murdy.  Although I would like to include all of my guests as highlights, their words are still preserved within their own episodes. New episodes will be posted in September for […]

Episode 027 BGen Rob Roy MacKenzie Part II

In Part 2 of the interview with Brigadier-General MacKenzie, as he continues to describe his back-to-back tours in Afghanistan and the soldiers who influenced him. Follow me on Twitter @MikeLacroix32 and keep track of my results on #Mike100Workouts You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great prices, but a portion of your purchase goes to supporting the show. LColMacKenzie – Old Kandahar City Gate with MWO Green LColMacKenzie – OC OCC-P Kandahar with MWO […]

Episode 027 BGen Rob Roy MacKenzie Part I

Brigadier-General MacKenzie was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1963, and spent his early childhood in Regina, Ottawa, and Victoria. In 1976, his family moved to Vancouver, where in 1985 he joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as a Private. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1986 and the following summer he won the Canadian Infantry Association Sword as the Top Candidate on his Lieutenant qualifying course, at the Infantry School, in Gagetown. After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree […]

Episode 009 Lt Ryerson Maybee

The guest this episode is Lt Ryerson Maybee of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC).  Lt Maybee is a Officer in the Armoured Corps who started as a Non-Commissioned Member, and commissioned from the rank of Warrant Officer.  He is a highly skilled instructor and leader.  He has served in the former Yugoslavia as well as in Afghanistan. As a Warrant Officer, Ryerson had the distinct duty to be a Liaison Officer to fallen soldiers and their escorts […]

Episode 005 LCol Cliff Trollope

In this episode, I review some feed back from you, the good listener, before getting into the interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Cliff Trollope. LCol Trollope served for the majority of his military career with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He began his service at the Royal Military College and also was an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He concluded his military service as the Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada, where he lead the […]

Episode 002 Sgt Greg Briggs Part 2

This is part 2 of my interview with Sgt Greg Briggs. Now, good old Greg made a choice to take a shot at me near the end of the episode, so I hope you good listeners will forgive me if I take a cheap shot back. I know Greg can take it as good as he gives it, but I’m only taking this liberty because of our life-long friendship. Enjoy the second part of my interview with Greg! You can […]

Episode 002 Sgt Greg Briggs Part 1

Welcome to Episode 002 of the Canadian Military History Podcast. This interview is with my life-long friend, Greg Briggs. My podcast creator has an upload limit, so I’ve had to break this up into two parts. This may become more common than not, but I don’t expect that it will take away from the show. Please enjoy my interview with Sgt Greg Briggs of the Toronto Scottish Regiment and the PPCLI. You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  […]

Episode 001 LCol Mike Vernon

For the first official episode, I am pleased to interview my former command team partner on Op Sculpture: LCol Mike Vernon of the PPCLI and the Calgary Highlanders. In this episode, LCol Vernon describes his deployment to Afghanistan and the production of his documentary Desert Lions.  Listen as he discuses how he became an officer in the CF and the mentors and influences in his life. This is a podcast worth listening to. You can support this site by shopping […]