Opening the Estuary

Britain’s XXX Corps closed in on Antwerp on Aug. 30, 1944, General Bernard Montgomery decided it was unnecessary to open the Belgian city’s massive port to Allied shipping. So, despite the liberation of the city on Sept. 2, no advance north of the Albert Canal was attempted. This left the 80-kilometre estuary—at the tidal...
  • Taking The Rough Land Of Sicily: Army, Part 62

    January 1, 2006 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA183278 A Canadian soldier leads pack mules forward. One of the original reasons for mounting Operation Husky, the July 1943 invasion of Sicily, was the hope that the conquest of Italian territory would hasten the fall of Mussolini’s government. On July...
  • From Leonforte To Agira: Army, Part 61

    November 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: JACK H. SMITH, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA–PA151748 Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery fire on an enemy position near Nissoria, Sicily, in July 1943. Sicily is an island of extremes and in July, when the sun shines for 11 hours a day, temperatures often...
  • Beginning The Battle For Sicily: Army, Part 60

    September 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: FRANK ROYAL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA132777 Members of Royal Canadian Regiment consult a map at Piazza Armerina, Italy, in July 1943. This is the first of a series of articles examining the Canadian contributions to the Allied campaign in Sicily and the Italian mainland....
  • PHOTO: NATIONAL DEFENCE/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA–PA003248 Wounded soldiers, including Germans, are delivered to a Canadian advanced dressing station in 1918. While the Canadian Corps fought the battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele, Canadians on the home front were focused on the issue of...
  • Keeping The Corps Together: Army, Part 58

    May 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA-PA001027; CO80027 From top: Soldiers wear gas masks while examining a rifle in 1917; Medical personnel tend to a soldier burned by mustard gas in WW I. The Canadians who captured Vimy Ridge in April 1917 were proud of their nickname,...
  • From The Somme To Vimy: Army, Part 57

    March 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA–PA001035 German prisoners help members of the Canadian Red Cross load wounded soldiers onto light rail cars near Vimy Ridge, April 1917. When General Sir Douglas Haig finally called an end to the Somme offensive in December 1916, he claimed that...
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