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    • Introduction 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-01)
    • Coast Defence 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War Fort Rodd Hill in Victoria, BC became a significant point of national defence. Built by Britain’s Royal Navy in the 1890s, Fort Rodd Hill was updated in the early 1940s to defend the coast against ...
    • Mennonite Conscientious Objectors 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      As a young teenager, Mennonite conscientious objector, Don Regier, read the book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which solidified his belief that war could never be justified. When called to fight in the ...
    • Internment 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the First World War, Canada was part of the British Empire and fought with Britain against Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria. These four countries were known as the Central Powers. The Canadian ...
    • Training Polish Soldiers 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In 1917, more than 22,000 Polish volunteers came to Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario to train for the First World War. These men were special because although most of them were Polish immigrants, they lived in the United ...
    • War Horses 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Soldiers weren’t the only ones who risked their lives on First World War battlefields. Thousands of Canadian horses also served the war effort. They transported men, hauled equipment, and towed heavy guns and ambulances. ...
    • Dominion Arsenal 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the First World War, thousands of Canadian men went overseas to fight. These men left their lives and jobs behind. Many Canadian women went to work to fill the jobs left by the men. For some of these women, it was ...
    • Introduction 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Conclusion and Credits 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Sniper from Rigolet 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Lance Corporal John Shiwak of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment is a decorated First World War hero. He is from the remote Inuit community of Rigolet, Labrador. Shiwak’s skill as a marksman earned him the reputation as one ...
    • Soldier Factory 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      On August 4, 1914 Great Britain declared war on Germany. This meant that all of the dominions of Great Britain, including Canada, were now at war with Germany. At that time, Sir Sam Hughes was Canada’s Minister of Militia ...
    • Chinese Labour Corps 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In 1917, 80,000 men from China arrived in Canada. They were on their way to France to work as labourers. They were a secret group called The Chinese Labour Corps (CLC). The arrived in British Columbia, where they were ...
    • War Trophies 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Sir Arthur Doughty was a Dominion Archivist during the First World War and created a detailed inventory of German artillery captured by Canadian soldiers as trophies of war. They served as monuments of fallen soldiers and ...
    • The Explosion 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      On December 6, 1917, it was a cold winter day in Halifax. It was big news when two big ships – the SS Mont Blanc (a French ship) and the SS Imo (a Norwegian ship) – accidentally crashed into each other in the Halifax Harbour.
    • Mobilizing for War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In the late-1930s, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment of St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake consisted of part-time soldiers who trained a few days a year. By 1939, when Canada joined the Second World War, the regiment ...
    • Heart of the Nation 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      On Parliament Hill, at the heart of the Peace Tower, is a sanctuary created for remembrance and reflection. The Memorial Chamber was originally designed and dedicated to the Canadians who died during the First World War. ...
    • The Great Equalizer 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Over 7300 Métis men and women who contributed to Canada’s war efforts from the First World War to the present day, are commemorated at the Métis Veterans Memorial Monument in Batoche in Saskatchewan. Specifically, during ...
    • One Name on a Memorial 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Across Canada, lists of names are carefully carved into memorials. Russell McConnell is such a name and researching his story and those of others allows us to reveal who these men and women are, and what we might share in ...
    • Machines of the Air War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War, Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) created a specialized unit called Bomber Command. The RAF’s mission was to conduct nighttime air attacks on enemy targets in occupied Europe. One-third of RAF ...
    • Conclusion and Credits 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)