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Canadians’ baptism of fire

The Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry got its first taste of battle in the Boer War on the murderous Bloody Sunday in mid-February 1900 at Paardeberg Drift, which claimed 1,300 British casualties, including 18 dead and 60 wounded Canadians. Within 10 days the regiment was to receive much of the credit for the first...
  • Paul Goranson

    May 1, 1996 by Jennifer Morse
    The life of airmen during wartime as visualized by Paul Goranson. From top to bottom: Posted to Newfie; Fitters At Work; Raid On San Guisto-Pisa There’s a look of positive acceptance on the face of the young air force corporal as he steadies himself in...
  • 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...
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