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The Children’s Invasion

Citizens of Saskatoon couldn’t contain their excitement when the British children arrived by rail in the late summer of 1940. The largest crowd since the Royal Visit of 1939 was at Union Station to greet the young newcomers. Huge crowds also greeted a party of British children at the Port of Montreal. In Toronto,...
  • Selective Reasoning In WW II: Army, Part 8

    May 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    Churchill and Mackenzie King Have struggled on for years; What good without psychologists, Are blood, sweat and tears? But now the Bott Battalion’s on its way, So give three cheers The war will soon be won! Who will break the news to Hitler That Bott...
  • The Early Days Of WW II: Army, Part 7

    April 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    For most Canadians WW II began on Sept. 1, 1939, when Hitler’s armies invaded Poland. That event, coupled with the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia on Sept. 3, provided ordinary Canadians with all the incentive they needed and thousands rushed to enlist. The Canadian...
  • Hong Kong: There Was A Reason: Army, Part 6

    March 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    Last year Canadian veterans who fought in the defence of Hong Kong were awarded a bar to be worn on the ribbon of the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. This recognition reminded us of the debt we owe to the men and women who endured so...
  • Achievement On The Atlantic: Army, Part 5

    February 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    The full story of the Royal Canadian Navy’s contribution to Allied victory in WW II has not been told. In Ottawa, the much-reduced Directorate of History at the Department of National Defence is preparing a multi-volume official history, but this will take some years to...
  • Molly Lamb Bobak

    January 1, 1996 by Jennifer Morse
    The sketches in Bobak’s war diary capture some of the more quieter moments in WW II army life. The “front page” (above) illustrates how she turned a diary into a long-lasting work of art. The large, bold headline reads: Heart-rending Scenes On Sunday. Fateful Day...
  • Standing Up To The Blitz: Army, Part 4

    January 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    The Blitz started without any warning. Churchill and the defence chiefs met for an emergency meeting the day before it began but their concerns were intelligence reports indicating that the invasion of England–Operation Sealion–was about to start. Nerves were stretched to the breaking point and...