About the Webmaster

Michael A. Dorosh, CD, has been a member of The Calgary Highlanders since 1987, serving as a pipe band musician, finance clerk, Resource Management Support clerk, driver-signaller, and clothing storesman, as well as regimental webmaster at http://www.calgaryhighlanders.com

Corporal Dorosh was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1999 for long service and good conduct, as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for distinguished service to the Regiment. Additionally, he was awarded the rank of Henchman in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians. In 2010, he received the clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration, recognizing 22 years of service in the Canadian Forces.

Michael Dorosh's published works include several books, magazine articles on Canadian Army uniforms in the Korean War for Military Modelling and Military Trader, and other articles for various military magazines and newspapers.

His books are:

  • Dressed to Kill (published by Service Publications - see link at right)

  • CANUCK: Clothing and Equipping the Canadian Soldier 1939-1945 Vol. I (out of print)

  • Gallant Calgarians: The Story of the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association Heritage Section 1995-2006 (see Publications)

  • Yorkton's Gunners: The Story of the 64th (Yorkton) Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery (see Publications)

  • Scenario Designer's Handbook (see Publications)

  • Signs of War (see Publications)

Periodicals include:

  • Tactical Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729)

    • Issue 1 (2009)

    • Issue 2 (2011)

    • Issue 3 (2013)

Other published articles include:

  • "The Single Black Chevron" in Military Artifact October 1996

  • "Neckwear in the Canadian Army" in Military Artifact June 1991

  • "Warriors of the North" in ASL Annual 93b.

  • "Stabilized Fire": A New British SW for ASL in View From the Trenches #31, May-Jun 2000

  • "Canadian Army Uniforms in the Korean War" in Military Modeller, October 2000

  • "Canadian Army Uniforms in Korea" in Military Trader, October 2004

  • "6-6-6 The American Soldier in ASL" in View From the Trenches #85, May-Aug 2012

  • "New Perspectives on D-Day Variants" in War Diary, Vol.1 No.4, Winter 2015


Other Professional Accomplishments

Support to Motion Pictures

  • Served on the training cadre for the military extras on the film Legends of the Fall; appears on screen in one scene and has one line of dialogue (uncredited).

  • Credited in Partners in Motion's production of Men of Valour for loan of uniforms to the production in the autumn of 2000.

Support to Artists

  • Wrote several "sell sheets" for aviation artist Robert Bailey.

  • Assisted with minor research for Dieppe painting by David Pentland.

Wargaming

  • Had Combat Mission scenarios published in the Special Editions of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin and Combat Mission: Afrika Korps.

  • Designed the VASSAL module for Special Forces by Dan Verssen

  • Official beta-tester for Airborne Assault by Panther Games

  • Official beta-tester and scenario designer for Combat Mission: Shock Force; designed approximately 20% of the scenarios in the Task Force: Thunder campaign

  • Beta-tester for Panzer Command: Ostfront

References for Others

  • Website "GD for CM" is credited in the book SPEARHEAD: GROSSDEUTSCHLAND

  • Book CANUCK is credited in the footnotes of DRAB SERGE AND KHAKI DRILL: The Foreign Service, Universal Service, Battle and Combat Dress Jackets of the Canadian Army, 1899-2003.

  • Credited by name in Men at Arms 359: Canadian Forces in World War II for assistance to Ron Volstad with details of a colour plate

  • Uncredited for assistance to Ron Volstad providing reference material for Dragon Model Company's 12" Commonwealth Infantryman action figure

  • Credited by name in Century of Service: The History of the South Alberta Light Horse for minor assistance in researching obscure Calgary Highlanders references

  • Book DRESSED TO KILL is credited in Bouchery's CANADIAN SOLDIER 1939-1945

  • Book DRESSED TO KILL is credited in Skill At Arms

  • Credited by name in Uniforms of the WWII Tommy

  • canadiansoldiers.com website is credited by name as a reference in :

    • Tobin, Laurence and Michael Iremonger Modern Body Armour and Helmets: an Introduction (Argos Press, 2006) ISBN 1-921138-02-7

    • Goddard, Lance Hell & High Water: Canada and the Italian Campaign (Dundrun Press, Toronto, ON, 2007) ISBN 978-1-55002-728-0


     

 


On the headland overlooking Dieppe in the summer of 2010.


Receiving the Alberta Centennial Medal from Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders, in December 2005.


Receiving the clasp to the CD from Lieutenant Colonel Mike Vernon, Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders, atop Hill 67 in Normandy in June 2010. Photo by Nancy Desilets.


Film still from Legends of the Fall. Blink and you'll miss it, but the webmaster is behind the officer, ready to go over the top. The webmaster was lucky enough to be one of the training cadre for the several hundred extras that were employed on the set.

 

 


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