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Day: May 1, 2017

Heroes And Villains

Face to Face

In 1899, the press in English Canada had a cause that filled the front pages. Britain was preparing to fight a war in South Africa against the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, ostensibly to protect the rights of uitlanders. These mainly British migrant workers were men who had come to the Transvaal to work the rich gold mines and they were, the British claimed, being denied their rights by the Dutch-speaking Boers. In fact, it was the gold that was up for grabs, and British imperial and commercial interests were at stake. But why should this concern Canada? Jingoism, extreme British imperial patriot-ism, was wildly popular in the late 1890s among English Canadians, and there was strong public support for Canada to send troops well before the war began in Octobe...
Montgomery and Rommel
Heroes And Villains

Montgomery and Rommel

On Aug. 15, 1942, when Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army in North Africa, the British forces held a precarious defensive line based on El Alamein, Egypt, a way station 100 kilometres west of Alexandria. If that city fell to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps, the Germans would wrest control of Egypt and potentially the Suez Canal from Britain. At 54, Montgomery had been a soldier since 1908. He was wounded and decorated for valour in the First World War, led a division through the fall of France in 1940, and spent the next two years in a key training role that he claimed provided the basis of knowledge leading to all his future success. A widower and ascetic who neither smoked nor drank, Montgomery was a stern taskmaster and self-conf...
On this date: May 2017
On This Date

On this date: May 2017

1 May 1945 Cape Breton Highlanders attack German strongholds in Delfzijl, Netherlands. 2-3 May 1953 The Royal Canadian Regiment is hammered in the Battle of Hill 187 in Korea: 26 killed, 27 wounded, seven taken prisoner. 3 May 1917 Lieut. Robert Combe captures 80 prisoners near Acheville, France, and is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 4 May 1945 HMCS Uganda sails to join the campaign to shell Japanese airfields in Okinawa. 5 May 1950 Eight dikes fail in Winnipeg; 100,000 evacuate the Red River valley. 6 May 1814 The British capture Fort Oswego, New York. 7 May 1945 Germany unconditionally surrenders to the Allies in Europe. 8 May 1944 U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower decides on the date for D-Day. 9 May 2014 A National Day of Honour marks the end...
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What’s inside?   Canada’s first foreign war Fighting in the Battle of Paardeberg in South Africa in February 1900, Canadian troops won their first major engagement in an overseas war. A quiet victory in the gulf Canadian air power was the key to shutting down the U-boat assault in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1942. The magnificent eleven A self-invented war photographer’s 11 surviving photos immortalize D-Day. Hush-hush heroes, part 2 Canada’s Second World War agents in Asia defied the risk of imprisonment, torture and death in aid of the Allied cause. Face to Face Was it right for Canada to send troops to the South African War? Heroes and Villains Montgomery and Rommel’s showdown in the Egyptian desert. GNATs versus CATs When G...

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