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A company of the PPCLI moves in single file across rice paddies as it advances on enemy positions across the valley. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA171228]

On This Date: April 2014

APRIL 1, 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force becomes a permanent component of Canada’s defence forces. APRIL 2, 1885 In what is now Alberta, Cree warriors murder nine men in what would become known as the Frog Lake...
  • Wing Commander Robert Davidson  (in civilian clothes) shown in September 1944 after evading capture in France. While posted  with the RAF in the Far East, he was credited with two destroyed aircraft. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PL-32731/CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19650071-019_p11d]

    Far East Flyers

    March 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In December 1939, Britain had undertaken to form distinct Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons overseas, manned as far as possible by Canadian graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. By July 1940, with France defeated, Italy an enemy, Japan threatening and Britain itself threatened...
  • The 3rd Canadian Division advances south  of Bretteville-le-Rabet, France, Aug. 14, 1944. [PHOTOS: DONALD I. GRANT, DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116536]

    Normandy Tour: Roads To The River Seine

    March 26, 2014 by Terry Copp
    Most of the Canadian soldiers who served in the Battle of Normandy were not involved in the D-Day landings or the bridgehead battles. The 2nd Canadian Division did not arrive in France until after the capture of Caen on July 9 and 4th Armoured Div. reached...
  • A painting by John M. Horton depicts HMCS Sackville on North Atlantic convoy duty. [ILLUSTRATION: JOHN M. HORTON, BEAVERBROOK COLLECTION OF WAR ART/CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19840654-001

    A Night Of Furious Action

    March 24, 2014 by Marc Milner
    Sackville's Remarkable Battles Against The Wolf Pack The first phase of the battle for convoy ON 115 was won by the Royal Canadian Navy. For days the convoy brushed its way past U-boats, and from July 29 to Aug. 1, 1942, it was shadowed by six...
  • Lacolle blockhouse [PHOTO: DAN WARD]

    1812 Journal, Then & Now (March/April)

    March 1, 2014 by John Boileau
    March: British reinforcements arrive at Quebec City via overland route from New Brunswick. March 4: 164-man mounted American raiding party repulses attack by 240 British regulars, Canadian militia and native allies at Battle of Longwoods, near Wardsville, Upper Canada; British withdraw after suffering 67 casualties, followed...
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    Face To Face On Conscription

    March 1, 2014 by admin
    Did the Canadian government make the right decision by passing the Military Service Act of 1917? Author Serge Durflinger of Ottawa says NO. Author J.L. Granatstein of Toronto says...
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    On This Date: March 2014

    March 1, 2014 by admin
    MARCH 1, 1945 Despite serious leg wounds, Major Frederick Tilston braves heavy enemy fire in the Hochwald Forest, Germany, to deliver ammunition and organize defence of a captured headquarters. He is awarded the Victoria...
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