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 Andrew Mynarski VC
Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster bomber, attacking a target at Cambrai, France, on the night of 12 June 1944. The aircraft came under fire from an enemy fighter. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out. In an act of [...]

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 Halifax Explosion, 1917
"What do you think you're doing?" shouted chief clerk William Lovett as train dispatcher Vince Coleman turned back towards the office. "We've only got a minute or two left! Anyone in the office won't stand a chance, and you're a married man with a fami [...]

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 Home from the Wars
Following World War II, after having served their country for the long, horrible years of the war, service personnel wanted only to re-establish their civilian lives and set up households with their families. The return of more than a million Canadians [...]

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 John McCrae
On December 8, 1915, Punch magazine published a poem commemorating the dead of World War I. "In Flanders Fields" was written by John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, after his experiences in the trench warfare around Ypres, Belgium.

McCrae enl [...]

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 Juno Beach
On the evening of D-Day, musician and broadcaster Johnny Lombardi boosts morale on the edge of a Normandy beach by entertaining the troops with a rendition of a familiar Canadian song.

On 6 June 1944, British, American, Polish, and Canad [...]

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 Marion Orr
Owing to the male-biased Service regulations of the time, the wishes of Canadian women pilots to fly with the RCAF during World War II were generally shot down. Nevertheless, as least one Canadian woman managed to fly military aircraft. Marion Orr paid [...]

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 Mona Parsons
Mona Louise Parsons was born in 1901 in Nova Scotia. Although Parsons never wore a uniform, she was willing to lay her life on the line for her country and for freedom. And she very nearly lost her life when she was arrested by the Gestapo near Amsterd [...]

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 Osborn of Hong Kong
Canada’s role in World War II stretched beyond the battlefields of Europe. Canadian troops fought on land, in the air and on the seas in France, the Netherlands, Italy, North Africa and Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong that Warrant Officer John Osborn, t [...]

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 Tommy Prince
Thomas George Prince was born 25 October 1915 at Petersfield, Manitoba. He was one of 11 children born to Harry and Elizabeth (née Desjarlais) Prince of the Brokenhead Band. He was a descendant of Peguis, the Saulteaux Chief. In 1920, the family moved [...]

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 Valour Road
WORLD WAR I was known as The Great War, a name that referred to its international scale, its massive mobilization of men, munitions and supplies, and its terrible toll on human life. Some say that the young country of Canada came of age in this war. Ca [...]

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 Vimy Ridge
One of the greatest battles in Canadian history was the battle at Vimy Ridge, which began on 9 April 1917. Canadian bravery and valour led to the tremendous victory for the entire Allied Force and was considered the turning point of WWI.


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