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As the Second World War wound down, Ottawa assumed wartime working women would return to homemaking—the women had other ideas “Whether I marry or not,

Memoria Viva

Reflections on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War In the Piazza Dante across from Ottawa’s St. Anthony of Padua Church, where

Placing the displaced

An early refugee support group helped open Canada to victims of Nazi persecution Canadians tend to think of Canada as a compassionate, hospitable country that has always welcomed

From Battlefields to Farm Fields

A legion of demobilized servicemen settled in Western Canada after the Armistice. On the field of battle, they developed alertness and wisdom, and they will

A tenacious wildflower

Each year, The Royal Canadian Legion distributes about 20 million poppy lapel pins across Canada. The poppies are given freely, with people encouraged to donate to

Arctic Mosquitoes

How a squadron of war surplus aircraft conquered the tundra and mapped Canada’s Far North It was 1946: the war was over, surplus airplanes were

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Cannons and Cutlasses: The Great Lakes Battles

During the War of 1812, the inland seas of North America—the Great Lakes—were the setting for major maritime operations. Both Britain and the United States devoted tremendous energy and resources to creating naval forces on the lakes as water provided the best means of transporting and supplying land forces. Naval bases sprung up almost overnight and ship construction was maintained at a dizzying pace. At the outbreak of war, the U.S. had exactly one warship on the Great Lakes, a 16-gun vessel on Lake Ontario. By 1814, it had 28 major warships, the largest mounting 58 guns. The Royal Navy expanded in a similar proportion. In 1814 the U.S. Navy constructed and commissioned a warship on Lake Champlain in the amazing time of 33 days, while Britain built a battleship, HMS St. Lawrence, on Lake Ontario that was larger than HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar.

Medical care in the wars of the future

The challenges of battlefield medicine are about to change for Western allied nations, now that the focus of threats has migrated to China, Russia, Iran and North

Remembering Indigenous war heroes

Their ancestors fought beside the British in the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. In 1885, they navigated Africa’s Nile

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