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Motorcycle messengers

Dispatch riders had doubly dangerous duties during the Second World War   One shell fell behind him, and when a second exploded just ahead, dispatch rider Gordon Edward Allen knew German gunners were homing in on him. “They can hear that stupid bike of yours,” said the sergeant giving Allen directions that would take...
  •   The World War II battle for the Breskens Pocket, code named Operation Switchback, was the crucial first stage in the struggle to open the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. It began at dawn on Oct. 6, 1944, when 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade crossed the...
  • Leonard Brooks

    January 1, 2001 by Jennifer Morse
    Canadian war artist Leonard Brooks painted the day-to-day life of military service in the Royal Canadian Navy. He used sombre greys and blues to imbue each canvas with the mood of the sea during World War II. We can almost feel the wind and the...
  • Crossing The Leopold: Army, Part 34

    January 1, 2001 by Terry Copp
    Buffalo amphibious vehicles enter the water during the battle to clear the Scheldt estuary in October 1944. The battle to clear the Scheldt estuary and allow full use of the port of Antwerp in Belgium has long been recognized as one of the most important...
  • A.Y. Jackson

    November 1, 2000 by Jennifer Morse
    A.Y. Jackson loved the wild beauty of Canada and he painted it as only a Canadian could. As one of the founding members of the Group of Seven, which was formed in April 1920, he became known as the grand old man of Canadian painting....
  • The Liberation Of Belgium: Army, Part 33

    November 1, 2000 by Terry Copp
    Canadian Sergeant L.K. Woods (left) and Private M.S. Perkins visit children in Furnes, Belgium, 1944. September 1944 is remembered as the month of Arnhem, the “bridge too far”, or by Canadians as the time of the battles for the Channel ports. But for the veterans...
  • Our Rescue Role At Arnhem: Army, Part 32

    September 1, 2000 by Terry Copp
      One of the most moving ceremonies associated with WW II takes place every September at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek war cemetery in Holland. That is when Dutch schoolchildren stand quietly next to each grave and then on a signal place bouquets of flowers. Three quarters of...
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