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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Veterans Benefits Guide 2015

February 24, 2015 by admin
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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...

Nowhere To Hide: Chaos In The Ypres Salient

January 21, 2015 by Terry Copp
CoppFeature2 Chaos and death ensued after the Germans released tons of chlorine gas in the Ypres Salient, April 1915. Gaps appeared in the front line and plans were made to plug them, but men were caught in the open and the list of casualties grew....
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Whitehorse Branch Keeps The Home Fires Burning

January 18, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Whitehorse_Feature Keeping alive the spirit of the pioneers who first came to Yukon and settled is important to the members of Whitehorse Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion. That’s one of the reasons the branch has become involved in restoring the long neglected Pioneer...

Carrying On In Dawson City

January 18, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Dawson_Feature News from the outside world wasn’t always easy to get in Dawson City in the 1910s. In the summer of 1914, little attention had been paid to the growing tensions in far-off Europe. On Aug. 5, Yukon Commissioner George Black and his wife Martha were attending a show at the Auditorium Theatre when he received an urgent...

Eye On Defence: January/February

January 18, 2015 by admin
EyeOnDefence_Feature Canada is at war again, a real shooting war, having dispatched six CF-18s and two spares, two Auroras and a tanker to the Middle East to help a United States-led “coalition of the willing” to contain, degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State, in the words of U.S. President Barack Obama....
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