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The sinking of
HMCS Esquimalt

HMCS Esquimalt, the last Canadian warship lost to enemy action in the Second World War, went down within sight of Halifax. Although 43 of the 71 crew survived the sinking, 16 died after spending six hours in the frigid waters. That spring, the days of cocky submarine wolf pack attacks were long past. Germany...
  • Thurston Topham

    September 1, 2002 by Jennifer Morse
    An Ammunition Column. Thurston Topham was Canadian by choice, not birth. Born in England in 1888, he emigrated to Montreal when he was 23. His British education prepared him for architecture and interior decoration, but after his experiences in World War I he decided to...
  • The Start Of The Rhineland Offensive: Army, Part 42

    September 1, 2002 by Terry Copp
          Vehicles from the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division negotiate a flooded road near Cleve, Germany, in February 1945. The operations carried out by 1st Canadian Army in the Rhineland during February and March 1945 involved as many Canadian units as fought in the...
  • Francis Forster

    May 1, 2002 by Jennifer Morse
    Stevedore. Travel and adventure have been a big part of war artist ‘s life. Born in 1907 in Calcutta, India, he and his family immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto in 1928. He studied art in London, England, and Paris and held teaching positions...
  • Personnel from the Lincoln and Welland Regiment’s canoe commando party train for the January 1945 assault on Kapelsche Veer. On Nov. 2, 2001 a large delegation of Canadians as well as many Dutch citizens gathered at the Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery for the long-delayed funerals...
  • Robert Hyndman

    March 1, 2002 by Jennifer Morse
    Wing Commander D.J. Williams. Robert Hyndman’s paintings depict the men and machines of the air force. Robert Hyndman has been a professional artist for more than 65 years. Born in Edmonton in 1915, he began his career after graduating from the Toronto Central Technical School...
  • Bomber Command Strategy: Army, Part 40

    March 1, 2002 by Terry Copp
    A church service is held in Normandy, France, in August 1944 for members of an RCAF Typhoon fighter-bomber wing. Petrol tins and ammunition boxes were used instead of pews. A new biography on Bomber Harris, written by the former head of the Royal Air Force...