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A tale of two PoWs

In the spring and summer of 1943, while an officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force was overseeing the secret excavation of tunnels for a mass escape from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp—the subject of the movie The Great Escape—a German naval officer was doing the same thing for a mass escape from a Canadian PoW camp 6,500 kilometres...
  • Establishing The Naval Reserve: Navy, Part 12

    November 1, 2005 by Marc Milner
    PHOTO: DAVID KNUDSEN, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA–PA126720 His Majesty’s Canadian Ships Skeena, Saguenay and St. Laurent visit Bermuda in the 1930s. The Royal Canadian Navy’s survival and prosperity between the wars depended on two key individuals: Commodore Walter Hose, RCN, the director and later first...
  • Up With Mail: Air Force, Part 12

    November 1, 2005 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES A Vickers Vancouver collects mail at Havre-Saint-Pierre, Que., in 1932. The first airmail flight in Canada was a military affair, organized by the Aerial League of the British Empire and the Royal Air Force. Captain Brian Peck, an instructor in the Canadian-based...
  • From Leonforte To Agira: Army, Part 61

    November 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: JACK H. SMITH, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA–PA151748 Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery fire on an enemy position near Nissoria, Sicily, in July 1943. Sicily is an island of extremes and in July, when the sun shines for 11 hours a day, temperatures often...
  • The Magnificent Seven: Part 12 of 18

    November 1, 2005 by Arthur Bishop
    ILLUSTRATIONS: SHARIF TARABAY Clockwise from top left: Victoria Cross recipients Claude Nunney, William Metcalf, Arthur Knight, John Young, Walter Rayfield, Bellenden Hutcheson and Cyrus Wesley Peck. Sept. 2, 1918, stands out as a red-letter day for Canada and the Victoria Cross. On that date, seven...
  • The NCO Pilots: Air Force, Part 11

    September 1, 2005 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA62619 NCO pilot R.S. Grandy prepares for takeoff at Rockcliffe, Ont., in 1929. World War I British pilots were usually commissioned officers. Non-commissioned officer pilots were a rarity until 1918, and were still greatly outnumbered by officers. And so by late...
  • Beginning The Battle For Sicily: Army, Part 60

    September 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: FRANK ROYAL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA132777 Members of Royal Canadian Regiment consult a map at Piazza Armerina, Italy, in July 1943. This is the first of a series of articles examining the Canadian contributions to the Allied campaign in Sicily and the Italian mainland....
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