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The Phoney War

Two days after Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Britain and France declared war on the Nazi regime. On the evening of Sept. 3, a German U-boat torpedoed the British passenger liner SS Athenia, a sign that Hitler intended to wage a ruthless war at sea. The sinking triggered ample public outrage, but little...
  • Winning With Reinforcements: Army, Part 48

    September 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    Canadian army engineers construct a Bailey bridge across the Rhine River near Emmerich in April 1945. This instalment of Canadian Military History In Perspective was written in June 2003 just after I received an advance copy of my new book, Fields of Fire: The Canadians...
  • Canadian Airmen And Airwomen In The Korean War

    July 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Dan Ryan’s painting Towards Their Final Destination. In a new venture by author Carl Mills, 18 paintings were commissioned over the last few years to complement his upcoming book titled Canadian Airmen And Airwomen In The Korean War. All but two of these canvases were...
  • The Rhine Crossing: Army, Part 47

    July 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    The covered body of a soldier lies near a sign pointing toward two German towns in March, 1945. The decision to destroy the German army west of the Rhine and then cross the river in a major operation north of the Ruhr River had been...
  • Eric Aldwinckle

    May 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Eric Aldwinckle was born in 1909 at Oxford, England. He moved to Canada in 1922 and worked as a graphic artist until he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. The self-taught artist was first employed on camouflage duties in Eastern Canada. In...
  • The Battle For Xanten: Army, Part 46

    May 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    A Canadian armoured vehicle approaches the entrance to Xanten, Germany, in March 1945. Visitors who make the journey to the Canadian military cemetery at Groesbeek in the Netherlands seldom go on to explore the battlefields of the Rhineland. But those who do are invariably struck...
  • Arthur Nantel

    March 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Arthur Nantel’s war art captures life as a PoW during World War I. Christmas Eve in Geissen Camp. Arthur Nantel began his career as a commercial artist in his home town of Montreal, and although he had no formal training he spent a lifetime earning...