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Abused prisoners and great escapees

Despite strengthened international laws, Canadian soldiers captured in Europe and Asia had little protection from brutality, murder and starvation The night before Canada declared war in 1939, Flying Officer Alfred B. Thompson of Penetanguishene, Ont., was co-pilot on a Royal Air Force mission to Germany. The plane was downed and the crew bailed out...
  • Cutthroat Careerism: Navy, Part 36

    December 18, 2009 by Marc Milner
    Rear-Admiral L.W. Murray (left) speaks with sailors at St. John’s, Nfld., in 1942. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA115347 The first months of Newfoundland Escort Force operations were trying. The rapidly expanding Royal Canadian Navy was confronted with the harsh realities of both war and the...
  • Piercing The Heart Of The Mountains: Army, Part 85

    December 11, 2009 by Terry Copp
    Canadians on the move near the Arno River, 1944. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES While 1st Canadian Corps fought through the Gothic Line defences on the eastern side of Italy, 1st Cdn. Armoured Brigade, part of 13th British Corps, was committed to battle in the heart...
  • War And Letters

    November 1, 2009 by Dan Black
    A collection of souvenirs and wartime memorabilia supplied courtesy of Ethel M. King-Shaw of Calgary. PHOTO: METROPOLIS STUDIO There’s no mistaking the anticipation you feel while staring down at a large box of wartime letters pulled from the vaults of the Canadian War Museum. If...
  • The Forest Watchers: Air Force, Part 35

    October 20, 2009 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Vickers Vedette on an unknown lake in the 1920s. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES The Royal Canadian Air Force’s interwar role in “aid to the civil power” is most often associated with aerial photography and mapping. There was, however, another task that preoccupied the air...
  • The Cruellest Months: Navy, Part 35

    October 15, 2009 by Marc Milner
    The corvette symbolized the Royal Canadian Navy’s role in the Battle of the Atlantic. At work is HMCS Battleford. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES The fall of 1941 was perhaps the toughest period of the war for the Royal Canadian Navy. It is hard to think...
  • Bad Weather, Tough Resistance: Army, Part 84

    October 10, 2009 by Terry Copp
    Canadian and Greek soldiers enter Rimini, Italy, Sept. 21, 1944. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA173426 The battle for the town of Rimini and the San Fortunato Ridge, the last mountain barrier before the plains of northern Italy, ended on Sept. 21, 1944. With Canadian infantry...