Archive for March, 2005

  • Flying On Water

    March 1, 2005 by John Boileau
    PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY/BELL FAMILY COLLECTION The HD-4 prepares for tests with the new Liberty engines; (inset) Inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Everybody knows Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and many are aware he was responsible for the first manned aircraft flight in Canada when...
  • From The Somme To Vimy: Army, Part 57

    March 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA–PA001035 German prisoners help members of the Canadian Red Cross load wounded soldiers onto light rail cars near Vimy Ridge, April 1917. When General Sir Douglas Haig finally called an end to the Somme offensive in December 1916, he claimed that...
  • Fathering Civil Aviation: Air Force, Part 8

    March 1, 2005 by Hugh A. Halliday
    photo: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA–PA139754 John Wilson accepts the Trans-Canada Trophy in Ottawa in 1944. Canada owes an enormous debt to John Armistead Wilson. Indeed, there should be an airport named after him, for in many ways he invented the Royal Canadian Air Force and...
  • The U-boat Summer of 1918: Navy, Part 8

    March 1, 2005 by Marc Milner
    PHOTO: THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM, NEWPORT NEWS, VA. Although nearly destroyed in 1918, the Dornfontein was resurrected as the Netherton in 1919. On July 31, 1918, the new four-masted schooner Dornfontein cleared Saint John harbour bound for South Africa with a load of lumber. Three days...
  • Eye On Defence: War And Knowledge

    March 1, 2005 by David J. Bercuson
    PHOTO: CPL. RONALD DUCHESNE During exercises at Wainwright, Alta., Bombardier Marcy Maddison listens to the network as Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cotten from the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery works on his fire plan. When the first clash of warriors occurred back in human history, the...
  • PHOTO: ADAM DAY Capt. Francis Arsenault, head of the Montreal digital services lab, supervises the production of a recruiting poster. When Canada was gearing up for war in the early 1940s, joining the military was pretty easy—jog on the spot for two minutes, a quick...
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