Month: February 2012

Short, Bloody Steps: Army, Part 98
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Short, Bloody Steps: Army, Part 98

Operation Atlantic was called off on the evening of July 20, 1944, but no one told the enemy, who continued to press counterattacks designed to regain St. André-sur-Orne, Point 67 and Bourguebus in Normandy. Since the Canadians and British were dug in with good artillery observation positions and well-camouflaged anti-tank guns, the German battle groups began to take heavy losses, including precious Panther tanks. During operations Goodwood and Atlantic, Field Marshal Günther von Kluge essentially restated German operational policy, which called for immediate counterattacks, when he ordered “concentric attacks” to throw General Montgomery’s soldiers “back across their start line.” By the end of the battle, he admitted that this was no longer possible: “The moment was fast approachin...
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1942 Grey Cup subject of documentary

A documentary team is searching for football fans (and memorabilia) from the first non-civilian Grey Cup game in 1942,  played by the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes and the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers. During the Second World War both the Western Interprovincial Football Union and Interprovincial Rugby Football union had suspended operations for the duration as most of the players had signed on for military service.  The Hurricanes defeated the Bombers 8-5. More than 12,000 fans attended the game Dec. 5 in Varsity Stadium in Toronto, and across the ocean in London, England, a condensed version of the Grey Cup broadcast was played for Canadian servicemen and civilians. Now documentary producer Infield Fly Productions in Toronto is looking for Hurricanes team members, people who trained or served with ...
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Letters From Bill – Aug. 20, 1944

Dear Mrs. Cameron, I am sitting by the bedside of your son Bill, and writing this letter to let you know of his present situation.  We are in a very beautiful, very efficient Canadian hospital in England where the care is wonderful. Bill was wounded in the chest and though in some pain from time to time is responding to treatment. I know you are terribly concerned about your son but you mustn’t worry unduly for he has the best of care and I am told his condition is steadily improving and today he looks much better than any time since I’ve seen him. Bill has the best here. He is fortunate enough to be in a private room and has been kept stocked up with magazines and books to read. His friends drop in to see him at all hours and his life here is happy as can be under the circumstances. I...
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Black History Month military sites of interest

There are plenty of online resources about the contribution of black Canadians to our military history. See a video about the Victoria Rifles on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website  or read about the Second Construction Battalion on the Veterans Affairs Canada website. Canadian Forces websites also are a rich resource.  The CIC website has a timely piece on contributions of black soldiers during the War of 1812.  There’s an article on the Royal Canadian Air Force site that highlights the persistence of those wanting to overcome racial barriers to serve their country.  The Army’s 38 Canadian Brigade Group website has interviews with more modern military members, while William Hall, who in 1859 became the first Canadian sailor to receive a Victoria Cross, is profiled on the ...
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Letters From Bill – Aug. 13, 1944. Field Service Post Card

Cross out anything below which does not apply. Do not write anything on this side of the card except the date and your signature. If you write anything more than that, the card will be destroyed. I am quite well. I have been admitted into hospital wounded and am going on well, and hope to be out again soon. I have received your letter(s) dated Have arrived in U.K. England I will send you a letter as soon as possible. I have received no letter from you. Bill Willard Cameron http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html
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Letters From Bill – Aug. 5, 1944

Canadian National Telegram From: No. 2 CK 33 HLGB Ottawa ON To:  Mrs. Ida Cameron, Report Delivery, Hopewell NS 1593 Minister of National Defence is pleased to inform you that F56192, Private Willard Cameron, is officially reported making satisfactory progress and removed from dangerously ill list third August 1944. Director of Records 953 am http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html

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