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Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the Delta was a versatile aircraft and pilots generally spoke...
  • 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...
  • Charles Comfort

    May 1, 2001 by Jennifer Morse
    Piazza Plebiscito, Ortona, Italy. War artist Charles Comfort was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1900, and moved with his family to Winnipeg when he was 12. He studied art in Winnipeg, New York and the Netherlands, and as a young artist often painted with members...
  • An 8th Reconnaissance Regiment anti-tank crew helps guard the road near Dunkirk on Sept. 16, 1944. During September 1944, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division was involved in a series of very tough battles in northern France. On the morning of the 7th, the 8th Cdn. Reconnaissance...
  • 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...
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