Army

Voices from war’s end

The most familiar images from the end of the war are the joyful and sometimes raucous VE-Day celebrations on May 8, 1945. But the war did not end all at once for everybody. Freedom came in stages as the Allied front crept forward across Europe. Canadian liberators fought town to town, beginning in Sicily...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • In mid-October 1918, my grandfather, Donald Mainland, was near Maurois, France, with the Fort Garry Horse. A welterweight—150 pounds, five feet six inches, with sandy hair and grey eyes, Donald was older than some of the men in the trenches. His 25th birthday had just...
  • Midnight Charge: The Attack On Kitcheners Wood

    December 21, 2014 by Terry Copp
    As darkness fell on the night of April 22, 1915, three German divisions, advancing behind clouds of poisonous chlorine gas, had torn a five-kilometre gap in the defences of the Ypres Salient. Two French divisions had been forced into a disorderly retreat, exposing the entire...
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