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The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

The Great Depression was a time of wild political idealism around the world. There was wide talk about the need for reform, or even a new social order. In Canada, a third of the labour force was unemployed, many people relied on government relief to survive, and a network of camps opened across the...
  • The sinking of the Königsberg

    July 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    When the First World War broke out, Harold James Arnold was a wireless operator working in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of British Columbia. In 1915, he earned a Distinguished Service Order for his actions July 6 and...
  • CBC covers the Battle of Carpiquet

    July 3, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    War correspondent Matthew Halton covered the Second World War for the CBC. Here is an extract from a recording of what he saw and heard during the Canadian attack on Carpiquet village and airfield July 4, 1944. “This is Matthew Halton of the CBC speaking...
  • The sinking of the Llandovery Castle

    June 26, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On the night of June 27, 1918, 14 nursing sisters, all but two Canadian, died, victims of a war crime. The Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle was on its way back to England after delivering recovering soldiers to Halifax. It was running with full lights,...
  • Honouring Aboriginal veterans

    June 19, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In Confederation Park, just a block or so down the hill from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument was unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2001, the year Canada entered the war in Afghanistan. It was a long...
  • Sister ships take part in evacuations

    June 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Restigouche fired Canadian warships’ first shots of the Second World War on June 11, 1940, in the final echoes of the six-week Battle of France, during which more than half a million Allied troops and civilians were evacuated from ports...
  • Firefight in Zhari District

    June 5, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    It was the middle of the night on June 4, 2008, when a squad of five Canadians and a company of 55 Afghan army recruits they were mentoring left base to check on some empty Taliban weapon caches in the Zhari District west of Kandahar....
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