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…
Veterans Benefits Guide 2015
Shortly before Canadian troops began the attack on Vimy Ridge in April 1917, Prime Minister Robert Borden told them, “The government and the country will consider it their first duty to see that a proper appreciation of your effort and of your courage is brought to the notice of people at home that no man, whether he goes back or whether he remains in Flanders, will have just cause…READ MORE
Tiger In Waiting
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 Japan.READ MORE
Nowhere To Hide: Chaos In The Ypres Salient
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.READ MORE
Over The Side: The Courageous Boarding Of U-94
On board a crippled U-boat, two brave Canadians—a young gunnery officer and a petty officer—faced increasing peril as they worked against time to capture the doomed sub.READ MORE
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.
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.
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.