I know the definition of Psyops but nothing much more. But I also know that it is an essential element of military action in 21st century warfare. I am excited that one soldier who served in that function in Aghanistan has agreed to talk to me and I will learn more on a trip to Montreal.
If all goes well, he will take up a chapter in my new book, adding his experience to the rest of the group that I will be writing about. The group of eight Canadian soldiers who have agreed to speak to me will present a fascinating cross-section of experiences: regular infantry, armour, artillery, OMLT, POMLT, now Psyops. A few earned decorations for military valour, but most just did their duty - and that was dramatic enough. Some were injured - serioulsy - but I admire the reslience they are showing even today. The Canadian public needs to know more about what they did, before news about Afghanistan (or at least the Canadian role there) fades away completle under the barrage of Arab springs, Syrian civil wars, Malian insurgecies, and who knows what next!
T. Robert Fowler, author, Canadian military history