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
[ILLUSTRATION: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM]

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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