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Pilots Down

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...
  • Richard Jack

    September 1, 1998 by Jennifer Morse
    Richard Jack concentrated on the collective triumph rather than the individual agony of war. From top to bottom: Major Ronald I. Jack; The Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday, 1917; an untitled painting. Richard Jack was Canada’s first official war artist. Born in Sunderland, England,...
  • The Normandy Battle Of Attrition: Army, Part 22

    September 1, 1998 by Terry Copp
    The American military historian Stephen Ambrose has a new bestseller in the bookstores. It’s called Citizen Soldiers and in it he describes the United States Army from the Normandy landings to the surrender of Germany. Ambrose is one of a small, but growing group of...
  • Aba Bayefsky

    May 1, 1998 by Jennifer Morse
    The recurring theme of skeletons characterizes the work of Aba Bayefsky. From top to bottom: Belsen Concentration Camp—The Pit; All Quiet on the Western Front; Remembering The Holocaust. Many war artists had a bitter time recording the images of war, but few more so than...
  • The Airborne On D-Day: Army, Part 21

    May 1, 1998 by Terry Copp
    When historians really immerse themselves in the world inhabited by the men who planned the invasion of France in 1944, two things quickly become evident. Everyone expressed confidence that the operation would succeed and everyone feared it might fail. It was this nightmare of “the...
  • Jack Nichols

    March 1, 1998 by Jennifer Morse
    The war art of Jack Nichols includes from top to bottom: Normandy Scene, Beach in ‘Gold’ Area; Drowning Sailor; Troops in Hospital. Jack Nichols paints people. He has no formal education, but his strong canvases have placed him among the top Canadian artists of his...
  • D-Day At Sea And In The Air: Army, Part 20

    March 1, 1998 by Terry Copp
    The long frustrating debate over the timing and location of a Second Front in Northwest Europe came to an end at the Quebec Conference of August 1943. Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and their senior military advisers were briefed on the progress of Operation Neptune, the...
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