The lonely fight of the tuberculous veterans

Time spent in the trenches of the First World War was miserable. Not only were chances of being killed or wounded high, but Canadian soldiers were in the line for days at a time in the same damp clothes, fighting over muddy grounds. It was a perfect breeding ground for tuberculosis. Many were infected...
  • The Morale Department

    July 15, 2012 by D'Arcy Jenish
    One Sunday morning, early in March 1915, Cooper Antliff of 41 St. Mark St., Montreal, took up pen and paper and wrote a three-page letter to his brother, Private William Antliff, a commerce student at McGill University who had interrupted his studies to enlist and...
  • Women’s Work

    May 15, 2012 by Valerie Knowles
    When we think of war we usually think of men—and now women as well—fighting battles on land and sea and in the air. All too often we forget that for these combatants to fight millions of people are required to work behind the front line...
  • The Happiest Prisoners

    March 15, 2012 by Graham Chandler
    In the shadow of Mount Baldy, where lodgepole pine and trembling aspen compete for space in Alberta’s spectacular Kananaskis Country, all that remains of a Second World War prisoner of war camp are weedy building foundations, a rundown guard tower and a restored commandant’s cabin....
  • The Rush For Rubber

    January 28, 2012 by Matthew Bellamy
    On Dec. 7, 1941, in a co-ordinated strike without equal in the annals of war, the Japanese wrought havoc on units of the United States Pacific Fleet in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, invaded the Philippines and Hong Kong, assumed control of Saigon and...
  • In The Shadow Of War

    November 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Nadia Jarvis was nine years old in September 1939. Her parents, Ukrainian immigrants by the name of Peter and Anastasia BosHuck, owned the Venice Cafe on a busy street in downtown Saskatoon and the family lived in a second-floor apartment above the restaurant. Young Nadia...
  • The Farmers’ War

    July 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    On April 14, 1941, federal agriculture minister James Gardiner delivered an urgent address to the nation’s farmers. His words were broadcast coast-to-coast by CBC Radio. Canada had been at war for nearly 20 months and Gardiner began by summarizing where things stood. The Allies were...
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