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Ready To Serve

When Canada declared war on Germany on Sept. 10, 1939, Canadian women were quick to voice an interest in becoming involved in the war effort. As Alice Sorby of Winnipeg so picturesquely expressed it, “In September 1939 when the thunder of war first crashed about our ears, the immediate reaction was an almost hysterical desire to do something.” (Women’s Work,...
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    The Gift of Air Power

    September 15, 2012 by Graham Chandler
    One misty morning last year, Belfast amateur aviation historian Jonny McNee was in County Donegal looking for a Second World War Spitfire crash site he had been researching. When he stopped to buy his daughter some candy, a chatty local told him, “It’s in a...
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    The Morale Department

    July 15, 2012 by D'Arcy Jenish
    One Sunday morning, early in March 1915, Cooper Antliff of 41 St. Mark St., Montreal, took up pen and paper and wrote a three-page letter to his brother, Private William Antliff, a commerce student at McGill University who had interrupted his studies to enlist and...
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    Women’s Work

    May 15, 2012 by Valerie Knowles
    When we think of war we usually think of men—and now women as well—fighting battles on land and sea and in the air. All too often we forget that for these combatants to fight millions of people are required to work behind the front line...
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    The Happiest Prisoners

    March 15, 2012 by Graham Chandler
    In the shadow of Mount Baldy, where lodgepole pine and trembling aspen compete for space in Alberta’s spectacular Kananaskis Country, all that remains of a Second World War prisoner of war camp are weedy building foundations, a rundown guard tower and a restored commandant’s cabin....
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    The Rush For Rubber

    January 28, 2012 by Matthew Bellamy
    On Dec. 7, 1941, in a co-ordinated strike without equal in the annals of war, the Japanese wrought havoc on units of the United States Pacific Fleet in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, invaded the Philippines and Hong Kong, assumed control of Saigon and...
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    In The Shadow Of War

    November 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Nadia Jarvis was nine years old in September 1939. Her parents, Ukrainian immigrants by the name of Peter and Anastasia BosHuck, owned the Venice Cafe on a busy street in downtown Saskatoon and the family lived in a second-floor apartment above the restaurant. Young Nadia...
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