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Riot on Barrington Street

During the Second World War, Halifax quickly became overcrowded with tens of thousands of army, navy and air force personnel, as well as merchant seamen, civilian workers and their families. Newcomers competed with locals for goods, services and accommodation. All were in short supply through the war. Devious landlords overcharged for the smallest of...
  • There is a select group within the Canadian Armed Forces who have received a certificate at the end of their tour of operations in North Bay, Ont., inducting them into the Brotherhood of Underground...
  • The brewing battle

    October 10, 2014 by Matthew Bellamy
    In the summer of 1941, Matthew H. Halton, a Toronto Star war correspondent, arrived in Solum, an Egyptian village near the Mediterranean Sea, just east of the border with...
  • Ready To Serve

    November 14, 2012 by Legion Magazine
    When Canada declared war on Germany on Sept. 10, 1939, Canadian women were quick to voice an interest in becoming involved in the war effort. As Alice Sorby of Winnipeg so picturesquely expressed it, “In September 1939 when the thunder of war first crashed about...
  • The Gift of Air Power

    September 15, 2012 by Graham Chandler
    Two airmen with Garfield Weston Spitfire SVI. PHOTO: WESTON CORPORATE ARCHIVES One misty morning last year, Belfast amateur aviation historian Jonny McNee was in County Donegal looking for a Second World War Spitfire crash site he had been researching. When he stopped to buy his...
  • The Morale Department

    July 15, 2012 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Members of the Canadian Postal Corps in 1916. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA066823 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...
  • 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...
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