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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...
  • Pegi Nicol MacLeod

    May 1, 1999 by Jennifer Morse
    Pegi Nicol MacLeod’s abiding respect for Canadian servicewomen is recognized in her war art. From top to bottom: Spoon Bouquet, Shy WRCN and Morning Parade. Pegi Nicol MacLeod’s paintings are alive with colour and curves. Her war art has a loose and easy style that...
  • General Bernard Montgomery’s armoured blitzkrieg–Operation Goodwood–ended July 20, 1944, in a storm of rain and recriminations. Before the battle, Montgomery had talked confidently of a “real showdown on the eastern flank” with his armour reaching as far as Falaise. When the operation ended the industrial...
  • Charles Goldhamer

    March 1, 1999 by Jennifer Morse
    With calmness and precision, Charles Goldhamer created lasting impressions of life in the air force, including sketches and paintings of airmen who had suffered severe burns. From top to bottom: Servicing Aero Engine, Burnt Airman and Captain Herbert W. Reeves. War artist Charles Goldhamer’s sketches...
  • As Canada’s chief army historian between 1945-59, Colonel C.P. Stacey rarely employed emotional language in his writing about WW II, but when it came to describing the July 1944 battles for Verrières Ridge, he included the following: “Three miles or so south of Caen the...
  • Robert Buckham

    January 1, 1999 by Jennifer Morse
    Art was Robert Buckham’s life—or at least his sanity. It got him through the hell of two forced marches during his time as a PoW in Germany during WW II. From top to bottom: On The March, April 1945; RAF Polish Officer. Born in Toronto...
  • TAF Over Normandy: Army, Part 24

    January 1, 1999 by Terry Copp
    The 75th anniversary year for the Royal Canadian Air Force is also the 55th anniversary year for the Battle of Normandy. Without a doubt, the story of the RCAF’s part in the struggle to liberate France has captured the imaginations of air historians. However, few...
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