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The last of the biplanes

It was 1939 and the Canadian Car and Foundry Company’s (Can-Car) new FDB-1 fighter-bomber had just demonstrated that it could out-climb a Hurricane or Spitfire.  After flying it, an RCAF test pilot extolled its dogfighting agilities, which he said would also challenge that of contemporary fighters. Aeronautical engineer Michael Gregor had earlier convinced Can-Car’s...
  • 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
    Prisoners look out from behind barbed wire at Sherbrooke, Que., in 1945. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA163788 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...
  • 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
    Teenagers at a wartime farm service camp, 1940. PHOTO: ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO—RG 16-20-0-1-3 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...
  • The Farmers' War

    July 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Working the fields near Markerville, Alta. PHOTO: GLENBOW MUSEUM—NA2071-12 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...
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