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Tank piercer

Just when the infantry needed a better anti-tank gun, the PIAT was unleashed Not all Panzer battles in the Second World War featured tanks duking it out or dodging artillery fire. Many of the big machines were destroyed by infantry. Ernest (Smokey) Smith’s Victoria Cross action at the Savio River in northern Italy in...
  • The Invasion Of Sicily: Army, Part 15

    March 1, 1997 by Terry Copp
    One of the most enduring myths about Canadian military history is that historians and the general public have concentrated their attention on the campaign in Northwest Europe ignoring the “D-Day Dodgers” and the battles in the Mediterranean. This view persists despite the popularity of Farley...
  • The Mediterranean Theatre: Army, Part 14

    January 1, 1997 by Terry Copp
    World War II was fought on many strange battlefields, but none was more unusual than North Africa. Fighting began there because Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, surprised by the rapid collapse of the French army, decided he needed a “few thousand corpses” or Italy would not...
  • Servicewomen of WW II: Army, Part 13

    November 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    Remembrance day in our community begins when small knots of people gather at the cenotaph that overlooks a quiet mill pond. The township has built a children’s playground nearby so we share the space with swings and a brightly colored slide. On a cold, crisp...
  • The Role Of Jill Canuck: Army, Part 12

    October 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    History, according to one definition, is a word with three distinct meanings. First it refers to the actual events that took place in the past, then the memory of those events and finally the historian’s attempt to understand and interpret the surviving evidence. The third...
  • The Bomber Command Offensive: Army, Part 11

    September 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    The May 1996 issue offers another in the series of reflective articles addressed to veterans by Douglas Fisher, in which he tries to explain why Canadians take “such little pride in the mighty achievements of WW II,” comparatively less than their American or British counterparts....
  • The Air Over Dieppe: Army, Part 9

    June 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    A visit to Dieppe, France, can be a very emotional experience for Canadians. Others may walk the beaches and enjoy the sunshine and chalk cliffs where Monet and other painters found inspiration, but for Canadians the memorials at Puys, Pourville and Dieppe raise questions that...