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Skirmish at Duck Lake

The Northwest Rebellion—or Northwest Resistance, depending on which side of history you are on—began on March 26, 1885, in Saskatchewan near the junction of two trails, one of which led to Batoche and the other to Fort Carlton. The buffalo were disappearing, the government had stinted on promised treaty payments and on food rations,...
  • The Fall Of The Reich: Army, Part 51

    March 1, 2004 by Terry Copp
    Canadian soldiers toss their hats in the air in celebration of the formal surrender of German forces in the Netherlands. The date is May 5, 1945. Starting a war is easy, the difficult part is ending it. When Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met at Yalta...
  • A Sea Of Politics: Navy, Part 2

    March 1, 2004 by Marc Milner
    His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Niobe visits Cornwallis, N.S., in 1912. She had become part of Canada’s navy in 1910. Inset: Sir Charles Kingsmill in 1908. The Naval Service of Canada came into being on May 4, 1910, when royal assent was granted to Sir Wilfrid...
  • From top: Victoria Cross recipients Campbell Mellis Douglas, Herbert Taylor Reade and William Edward Hall. ILLUSTRATIONS: Sharif Tarabay Two doctors and a black marine. At first glance an unlikely trio to make up the next three Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross after Alexander Dunn,...
  • George Broomfield

    January 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    George Broomfield’s paintings depict airmen and the advance through Northwest Europe. From top: Transport With Supplies For 2nd Army In Belgium; French Farm, Normandy; 143 Wing, Second Tactical Air Force Move Into Eindhoven, Holland; Troops From Front Passing Through Norrey-En-Bessin, Normandy. Few artists saw what...
  • Canada And The Victoria Cross: Part 1 of 18

    January 1, 2004 by Arthur Bishop
    Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred Cannon to right of them Cannon to left of them Cannon in front of them Volley’d and thunder’d ­Alfred, Lord Tennyson Lieutenant Alexander Roberts Dunn, VC. ILLUSTRATION: Sharif Tarabay The Battle of Balaclava! An atrocious disregard...
  • The Aries Flights Of 1945: Air Force, Part 1

    January 1, 2004 by Hugh A. Halliday
    After her modification for scientific research, Aries sits at a Canadian airport in 1945. Inset: Wing Commander Kenneth Maclure. In the closing months of World War II the Empire Air Navigation School, Shawbury, Shropshire, was more than a school; it was a centre for research...