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Personnel of the Canadian Women's Army Corp at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre. [LAC/PA-145516]

On This Date: March 2015

MARCH 1, 1942 The Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status and becomes an integral part of the Canadian Militia. Prior to this, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCH 2, 1923 The Halibut Treaty, a Canadian-American agreement concerning fishing rights in the North Pacific Ocean, is the first treaty negotiated and signed by Canada independent of...
  • Heading to the front in high spirits, troops in the Governor General’s Horse Guard move through the Liri River valley in central Italy on  May 26, 1944. [LAC/PA-168026]

    The Forgotten Front

    March 1, 2015 by J.L. Granatstein
    Canadians fought continuously on Sicily and the Italian mainland from July 1943 to February 1945, losing more than 5,000 men. Why then is the Italian Campaign so overlooked...
  • Ships carrying the First Canadian Contingent head overseas. [CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM/19710261-0791]

    On This Date: February 2015

    February 1, 2015 by admin
    FEBRUARY 1, 1968 The Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force are unified into a single organization called the Canadian Forces. FEBRUARY 2, 1947 The Red Cross and army hand over the responsibilities of issuing travel warrants to war brides and...
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    Tiger In Waiting

    January 28, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    It was called Tiger Force, but the Second World War ended before this new strategic bombing formation could roar off into the Pacific. Canadians—in the air and on the ground—were among the thousands of Commonwealth personnel who volunteered to serve against...
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    Nowhere To Hide: Chaos In The Ypres Salient

    January 21, 2015 by Terry Copp
    Chaos and death ensued after the Germans released tons of chlorine gas in the Ypres Salient, April 1915. Gaps appeared in the front line and plans were made to plug them, but men were caught in the open and the list of casualties grew....
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    Over The Side: The Courageous Boarding Of U-94

    January 15, 2015 by Marc Milner
    On board a crippled U-boat, two brave Canadians—a young gunnery officer and a petty officer—faced increasing peril as they worked against time to capture the doomed...
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