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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...
  • George Pepper

    January 1, 2002 by Jennifer Morse
    War artist George Pepper produced an impressive array of paintings. Above: Dead German Paratroopers. George Pepper painted with a quick intensity that seems consistent with his life. His days were filled with adventure and experience and he followed the call of his art through war...
  • Advancing To The Maas: Army, Part 39

    January 1, 2002 by Terry Copp
        A recent battlefield tour of Belgium and the Netherlands was greatly enriched by the presence of World War II veterans, including two who served with the Algonquin Regiment in the battles to liberate the Low Countries. Georges Paquette and Ernie Hilts shared their...
  • Harold Beament

    November 1, 2001 by Jennifer Morse
    Harold Beament’s paintings depict wartime on the Atlantic. The above image is titled Passing? Harold Beament’s paintings of the Atlantic vary from soft grey blue coloured pencil, to navy pastels to verdant green oils. And like the sea, Beament had more than one face because...
  • Taking Walcheren Island: Army, Part 38

    November 1, 2001 by Terry Copp
    The words Luctor et Emergo, which translate into I struggle and I emerge, were emblazoned on the crest of Zeeland long before World War II began. Much of Zeeland, the southernmost province of the Netherlands, is below sea level and the land must be protected...
  • Franz Johnston

    September 1, 2001 by Jennifer Morse
    During World War I, Franz Johnston painted endless skyscapes. Miniature airplanes lift and circle through watercolour clouds and the artist manages to defy gravity with every stroke. He is a master of perspective and if you could step into his canvas surely you would drop...
  • The Battle North Of Antwerp: Army, Part 37

    September 1, 2001 by Terry Copp
      Pipers play a lament at the burial of 55 members of the Black Watch following the fighting in October. On Oct. 2, 1944, General Guy Simonds, who had temporarily replaced an ailing Gen. Harry Crerar, issued his first directive as the acting commander of...