Military History

On This Date: February 2015

February 1, 2015 by admin
Ships carrying the First Canadian Contingent head overseas. [CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM/19710261-0791]

FEBRUARY 1, 1968 The Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force are unified into a single organization called the Canadian Forces. FEBRUARY 2, 1947 The Red Cross and army hand over the responsibilities of issuing travel warrants to war brides and children to the Canadian Immigration Branch. FEBRUARY 3, 1943 In…

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Travelling About: January/February 2015

January 1, 2015 by admin

1. Visit The Canadian War Museum For Special Fighting In Flanders Exhibit

When the First World War began 100 years ago, the fighting quickly centered on Belgium and the battles at places like Ypres and Passchendaele. The Canadian War Museum is putting on a special exhibition this winter–highlighting the famous poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae–that will allow visitors to experience what life was like on the front lines.

Army Private Donald Mainland  (at bottom right) is pictured with members of the Fort Garry Horse. [PHOTO: COURTESY DON GILLMOR]

In mid-October 1918, my grandfather, Donald Mainland, was near Maurois, France, with the Fort Garry Horse. A welterweight—150 pounds, five feet six inches, with sandy hair and grey eyes, Donald was older than some of the men in the trenches. His 25th birthday had just passed without notice.

Face to Face Canadian soldiers arrive in Hong Kong, November 1941. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C049744]

Did the government make the right decision in 1941?
Author Carl Vincent of Stittsville, Ont., says NO.
Author J.L. Granatstein of Toronto says YES.


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The aging brain—slower, but wiser

March 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
HealthFeature Everybody has lapses in memory —“Where did I leave my keys?”  “What is his name?” “What’s that word I need?” But once you pass the milestone birthdays of 60 and beyond, such questions raise the worry: “Could this be the first sign of dementia?” Istockphoto It is wise to be watchful, as risk rises...

Redefining ‘combat’

March 1, 2015 by Adam Day
A Canadian CP-140 Aurora aircraft in Operation Impact, the Canadian mission against ISIL in Iraq. [OP IMPACT/DND] In news from Canada’s shooting war, it turns out that the mission to advise and assist Kurdish forces in northern Iraq had a much more rigorous amount of assisting involved than was initially made...

On This Date: March 2015

March 1, 2015 by admin
Personnel of the Canadian Women's Army Corp at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre. [LAC/PA-145516] MARCH 1, 1942 The Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status and becomes an integral part of the Canadian Militia. Prior to this, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCH 2, 1923 The Halibut Treaty, a Canadian-American agreement concerning fishing rights in the North Pacific Ocean, is the first treaty negotiated and signed by Canada independent of...

Travelling About: March/April 2015

March 1, 2015 by admin
[CITY OF HAMILTON, TOURISM AND CULTURE DIVISION] 1. Visit Quebec’s Citadel for a special exhibition The Parallel is a special exhibition of photography that compares the First World War to the mission in Afghanistan....

The Forgotten Front

March 1, 2015 by J.L. Granatstein
Heading to the front in high spirits, troops in the Governor General’s Horse Guard move through the Liri River valley in central Italy on  May 26, 1944. [LAC/PA-168026] Canadians fought continuously on Sicily and the Italian mainland from July 1943 to February 1945, losing more than 5,000 men. Why then is the Italian Campaign so overlooked...
NEWS RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2015 One third of veterans surveyed feel “poorly served” by Veterans Affairs Canada Legion Magazine has stepped in to fill a gap left by the federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), which has discontinued its national survey measuring the satisfaction of military veterans with the services they receive from VAC....

Veterans Benefits Guide 2015

February 24, 2015 by admin
TABLE OF CONTENTS Inspired by the original charter How RCMP members fare Filling in the forms Educational assistance for veterans’ families Using skills and education to make the transition A long way to go (Survey Results) Pensions, awards, allowances for 2015 Frequently Used Terms ———————————————————————————————————————————— Inspired by the original charter by Tom MacGregor Shortly...
WWI-Guardians Guardians of the West – The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada By Cliff Bowering November, 1951 When it came time to decide which Canadian Army Reserve Force units were to be represented in the European-bound 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, history and tradition, among other things demanded that the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada...

When Idols Topple

February 5, 2015 by admin
WWI-When-Idols-Topple- When Idols Topple By Captain B. H. Liddell Hart October, 1953   Robert Blake, Editor of The Private Papers of Douglas Haig, 1914-1919, states that “Haig had his diary typed out and bound in 38 substantial volumes” and that “it is clear from his will that he expected them, or parts of them, to...

Kites Pay Tribute To Fallen Soldiers

February 1, 2015 by Ellen O'Connor
KitesFeature2 It was a day of high-flying fun and remembrance in Ajax, Ont., as an array of brightly coloured kites soared through the sky over Rotary Park to pay tribute to veterans who served in...

In Good Hands

January 29, 2015 by admin
WWI-In-Good-Hands In Good Hands By George Large January, 1984   I want to write a tribute to the medical corps. I know the subject first-hand because I had to use its professional services in both world wars. I was wounded at Wancourt on Aug. 26, 1918, and after the regimental medical orderly bandaged my arm...

Tiger In Waiting

January 28, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
HallidayFeature2 It was called Tiger Force, but the Second World War ended before this new strategic bombing formation could roar off into the Pacific. Canadians—in the air and on the ground—were among the thousands of Commonwealth personnel who volunteered to serve against...

Will Bird The Chronicler

January 22, 2015 by admin
WWI-Will-Bird-The-Chronicler Will Bird The Chronicler By Pat Sullivan April, 1984   If ever an army deserves to be remembered, this is it. In WW I, 619,636 Canadians enlisted from a country of only 7.5 million; nearly 10 per cent died. If American forces had taken comparable casualties in Vietnam they would have had 1.7 million...
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