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Fighting for Fort George

At the turn of the 19th century, the British were concerned about a balance of power where British territory met American on the banks of the Niagara River. The British wanted a fort on the west side of the Niagara River, in what today is Niagara-on-the-Lake, to counterbalance Fort Niagara on the east bank...
  • Skirmish at Duck Lake

    March 24, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    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...
  • Canadian leads coalition against Gadhafi

    March 18, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi responded harshly to opponents and citizens as the demonstrations of the Arab Spring devolved toward civil war in 2011. He vowed to eradicate them house by house. To protect civilians, the United Nations called for a ceasefire and imposed a no-fly...
  • War comes to Sydney Harbour

    March 17, 2020 by Tom MacGregor
    Deserted and covered with graffiti for decades, the old concrete gun battery at Chapel Point in North Sydney on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island was restored last summer as part of a local project to create a 48.5-hectare park devoted to Canada’s military history. The...
  • Fighting in the Rhineland

    March 11, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    First Canadian Army saw its first combat on German soil during the Second World War at the Battle of the Rhineland between Feb. 8 and March 11, 1945. And bloody it was. The Germans were heavily armed, well supplied and fanatical, dug in behind a...
  • History repeats

    March 7, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There are two certainties in war: death and suffering. Flag-raisings might be another. Flags declare victory, as Red Army troops did (below) in raising the Hammer and Sickle over the Reichstag in Berlin on May 2, 1945. The flag, originally symbolizing the alliance of workers...
  • Battling the enemy and the weather

    March 4, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    In March 1945, after cloudy weather foiled a February bombing raid, Allied air forces zealously attacked Chemnitz, a major German industrial centre, 260 kilometres south of Berlin, close to the Austrian border. It was a rail junction with one of the largest Nazi railway repair...
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