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The creeping barrage

Of the 18,000 Canadian soldiers on strength for the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915, roughly one third became casualties, including 1,672 killed in action and more than 1,000 as prisoners of war. When the Canadians were withdrawn from the front lines on May 3, four of the British divisions committed to the defence of the salient suffered even heavier casualties in futile attempts to recover...
  • A soldier with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders distributes candy to citizens in the eastern Netherlands town of Bathmen on April 9, 1945. [LAC/PA-137908]

    Canada’s gift of liberty

    May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
    As a three-year-old, I had no real comprehension of the horrific circumstances in which I lived. The hand grenade, carelessly discarded by a Nazi soldier, attracted my attention. I was playing outside my home in the Netherlands in 1944 when I saw it lying on...
  • Dutch civilians in Zwolle ride on a Universal Carrier of the Régiment de la Chaudière. [LAC/PA-136176]

    Sweetest of springs

    May 8, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
    The Second World War in Europe ended officially on May 7, 1945, with the unconditional surrender of all German forces. For the First Canadian Army, however, it had ended two days earlier. On May 5, German General Johannes Blaskowitz surrendered the 120,000-strong Twenty-Fifth Army to...
  • A Montrealer wraps himself in the Union Jack. [LAC/PA-152318]

    VE-Day in Pictures

    May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...
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    Deadly green fog

    March 31, 2015 by Terry Copp
    On the third day of the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans unleashed another chlorine gas attack. Canadians were the target this...
  • 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...
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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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