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The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

In the opening years of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy quickly recognized how useful naval airpower could be in the battle to keep the convoy lifeline to Britain safe from Nazi submarines, battleships and aircraft. Aircraft carriers could extend convoy protection to the mid-Atlantic, beyond range of land-based aircraft. But as...
  • Albert Cloutier

    March 1, 2001 by Jennifer Morse
    Canadian war artist Albert Cloutier was born at Leominster, Mass., in 1902. His Canadian parents returned to Montreal when he was still a child. As a young man growing up in Montreal, Cloutier studied under several well-known teachers, including A.Y. Jackson and Edwin H. Holgate....
  •   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...
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