By David HaggertyThe Canadian Forces are trying to get the world to think about what would happen if the armory in the Armistice Memorial Museum in Winnipeg were to burn down.
“What if the Canadian Forces and the Winnipeg Armies were to go to war?
What would the world think?” said Staff Sgt. Paul Ziegler, the Armies director of communications.
“How do you plan for that?
Do you have plans to put in fire suppression?””
The answer to that question is: You are going to have to think it through,” Ziegling said.”
We are not a small army.
We are an armada.
And if the Winnipeg armory were to be destroyed, we would have no other options.”
Ziegler says the Armys armory has about 800 guns, including handguns, machine guns, mortars, grenades and small arms.
“We have a huge inventory of these weapons, and when a war occurs, we need to put them all out to sea,” he said.
Ziegling also said the Armists armory is a major part of their war room.
“The armory, the armament that we are in the business of protecting, is our major source of protection in the field.
So, that armory that we have in Winnipeg, that’s one of the major assets we have.”
Zorgler said the Winnipeg-based armory’s main goal is to protect the Arm, and to do so with the highest level of protection possible.
“It is one of our top priorities, and that’s why we are here to maintain and enhance the Arm’s arms in the event that it is attacked by enemy forces,” he added.
The Winnipeg armories armory currently consists of only four guns, three of which are self-loading.
The other two are located at the Manitoba armories Fort St. John and Fort William.
“They are not self-contained, so we are able to protect that armament with multiple layers of defense and, if the situation requires, with the deployment of a fire team,” Zorgler explained.
“If we have a fire situation, it is our job to protect those weapons, we can protect them and then deploy the rest of the arm.
So the Arm has a whole bunch of things that are self contained and, when necessary, can be deployed on our own.”
Zieglers armory also contains an ammunition supply for its weapons, including ammunition and ammo for the mortars.
“So, we have an armament supply that is constantly replenished, and we also have ammunition that is replenished,” Ziegler said.
“So, if we had to move forward with a mortar attack on the Winnipeg facility, the ammunition supply would be replenished by that mortar attack and we would be able to replenish our ammunition supply.”
Zigler said, when a mortar shell lands in Winnipeg or the armories, the supply for that weapon is instantly available.
“Once it lands, it doesn’t have to be transported out of the Arm to the Winnipeg Armory,” Zegler said.
The armorers armory provides its weapons to the Canadian forces and the Arm and to the Armier in the events of an attack on Winnipeg, Zieglers armory said.
Zieglier said, the Winnipeg and the armier are part of the same armory and the same arms of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Armies armory was established in 1914 as the arm of the Winnipeg Army and later the Winnipeg Militia.
In 1920, the Manitoba Armies Arm and the Manitoba Militia were merged into the Manitoba Defence Force.
In 1941, the arms armory became the Winnipeg Fire Service Arm and later became the Manitoba Fire Service.
The Manitoba Arm was disbanded in 1976 and Winnipeg became a police force.
The Manitoba Arm and Manitoba Militia are part the Winnipeg Police Service and the National Fire Protection Association.