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Meticulously colourized images kindle a renewed appreciation of the burdens carried by homecoming soldiers   Winning wars lets countries tidy up some national stories, but losing wars often worsens domestic divisions. Winning certainly makes history appear neater: in the First World War, Canadians fought against tyranny for democracy and freedom—or so the story goes. But...
  • Care through the Commonwealth

    November 15, 2016 by Jennifer Morse
    I landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 32nd Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) Conference on June 25, arriving to a midnight traffic jam, horns beeping and impatient motorcycles threading between cars. It is a sprawling metropolis of seven million with a vibrant nightlife, and...
  • Five battles that shaped Canada

    November 1, 2016 by J.L. Granatstein
    WAR SHAPED CANADA. Those three words do not often occur to Canadians living in our peaceable kingdom, but they are surely true. The future of British North America was decided on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and confirmed during the War of 1812 in which...
  • The first air training plan

    October 1, 2016 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In 1917 and 1918, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and its successor, the Royal Air Force (RAF), directed an ambitious flight training operation in Canada. The scheme had no precedent, but it inspired later, similar schemes­—the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1939-1945) and a general...
  • The militia and the coal miners’ strike

    July 25, 2016 by Peter Silverman
    In 1913, the militia was called out during a coal miners’ strike on Vancouver Island. Called the Great Strike of 1912-14, it was to be and remains the longest deployment of the militia in aid of the civil power in Canadian history. The immediate cause...
  • Ill-fated trench raiders

    March 1, 2016 by Frank Gogos
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  • The bomb girls of Ajax

    February 20, 2016 by D'Arcy Jenish
    During the Second World War, more than 2,300 women from across Canada were recruited to work in the DIL munitions factory When Louise Johnson got the call to contribute to Canada’s war effort in November 1942, she accepted immediately and never looked back or regretted...
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