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Society

Remembrance: Canadian towns honour veterans

In an effort to uphold the phrase “Lest We Forget”, various communities across the country have taken to raising various banners in their communities to showcase and commemorate local veterans and in some cases also to those Canadians awarded the» 

International, Society

Remembrance WWII: Canada’s Black Watch in the tragic victory at Verrieres Ridge

As we approach Rememberance Day on November 11, a new book on Canadians in war has had a timely release. The book’s title is “Seven Days in Hell, Canada’s battle for Normandy and the rise of the Black Watch Snipers”.» 

International, Politics

Canada History: Oct 31, 1944; The vicious battle for the Walcheren causeway

By October of 1944 Canadians had fought their way from the Normandy beach to the French interior, then along the Atlantic coast through Belgium, capturing German rocket sites and all bitterly defended by hardened German troops. By the end of» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada history: Aug 6,1942; Battle of the Atlantic- a deadly duel in the fog

HMCS Assiniboine and U-210 It is the kind of battle that Hollywood might dream up as fantasy, but it was absolutely real. In August 1942 Canadian River class destroyer HMCS Assiniboine was escorting a convoy of 33 supply ships from» 

International

Dangerous remnants of WWII in Newfoundland shipwrecks

Military divers to remove unexploded artillery shells In 1942, the war came to North America. Newfoundland at the time was still a British colony but was also an extremely important staging area for war material of all sorts before heading» 

Politics, Society

WWII relic: Swedish waters finally give up bomber wreck

It was August 1943 that a crew aboard a Canadian squadron bomber were sent on a dangerous mission over Germany. The large Handley-Page Halifax never made it back. The disabled plane crashed into the sea off the coast of Sweden» 

Society

Audio archive seeks to preserve Canadian stories of WWII

If you’re a Canadian veteran of the Second World War, or a family member or someone who’s gone on pilgrimages to the battle sites and cemeteries of WWII, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) wants hear and record your story.» 

International

D-Day 75: Canadian soldiers group tours battlefields prior to commemoration ceremony (interview)

As a prelude to the major ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a group of Canadian soldiers is touring battlefields, monuments, and cemeteries of the fallen in both World Wars. I spoke with Brigadier-General (ret’d)» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

D-Day 75: Restoration of invasion workhorse

Another example of both aviation and military history which was close to being lost forever, is now being revived. An ageing cargo plane which had been sitting neglected at airfield south of Montreal turned out to be not just any» 

International, Society

D-Day 75 : New “Heritage Minute” A quiet hero who gave all

The symbolic story of one Canadian on D-Day D-Day, is billed as the greatest seaborne invasion in modern history. Yesterday Historica Canada has released another in their series of one-minute heritage films in time for this historic 75th anniversary of»