Letters to Mom

During the Second World War, 21-year-old Allan Coburn was one of a million young men and women whose sense of duty and hankering for adventure drew them to serve in the Canadian Army. He was “the second son of a farmer, with no passion for farming,” said his son Douglas Coburn of Winnipeg. “So,...
  • My Sergeant Pilot

    December 23, 2013 by Sylvia Saunders
    Exclusive Audio Version As I approach my eighth decade, I think of him as my Sergeant Pilot. I know he neither is nor was any more mine than the moon or stars, yet there is something so profoundly personal in the fact that he wished...
  • Adrift With Death

    December 16, 2013 by John Gleason
      Exclusive Audio Version I jumped over the ship’s starboard rail into the Atlantic shortly after the second torpedo hit. I say the Atlantic, but by then we had probably reached the outer limits of the Bay of Biscay, roughly 300 miles off the French...
  • Beyond Words

    November 22, 2013 by James Hale
      Exclusive Audio Version: Driving across the fog-shrouded Lion’s Gate Bridge to West Vancouver on Remembrance Day morning, I heard six high school radio debaters discuss the possibility of Canada ever having to fight another war. Their consensus that contemporary youth are too self-oriented to...
  • The Battle For Panjwai: A Soldier’s Story

    August 20, 2009 by Matthew Parsons
    An orange sky and the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan provide a backdrop for a military vehicle. PHOTO: COMBAT CAMERA/DND Ambush At The White School One of the first battles for the infamous white school in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan occurred on Aug. 3, 2006—one month...
  • Old Wounds, Lasting Memories

    May 1, 2008 by Earl Stiles
    . ILLUSTRATION: VINCE McINDOE I can remember the wounded, coming out of battle in Europe. We—the members of 14th Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division—were among the first to treat them. There were men from all ranks, and sometimes friend and foe would...
  • One Family’s Tree

    November 1, 2007 by Sharron Arksey
    PHOTOS: COURTESY ARKSEY FAMILY Clockwise from top: The old oak tree; M.Cpl. Tim Wilson; Walter Arksey prior to going overseas in WW II. The bur oak stands on land that has been in my husband’s family for more than a century. Its roots are deep...
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