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    • 28-29 April 1944. HMCS Haida 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      HMCS Haida is one of 27 tribal class ships built for the British, Canadian, and Australian navies in the 1930s and 1940s. It is the only one that survives today. The ship is now the focal point of Parks Canada’s HMCS Haida ...
    • Aerodrome of Democracy 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      130,000 pilots and other aircrew through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) trained in Canada during the Second World War. Because of the wide-open spaces, proximity to American technology, and that it ...
    • Canadian Women’s Army Corps 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War, the Canadian government recognized that allowing women to serve in the military, in non-combat roles, would free men to fight overseas. The Canadian Army created the Canadian Women’s Army Corps ...
    • 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 ...
    • Conclusion and Credits 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • German Prisoners of War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In Canada, 37,000 enemy soldiers were interned across 40 Prisoner of War (PoW) Camps during the Second World War. About 440 of those prisoners stayed at the Whitewater PoW Camp, located 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, ...
    • 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 ...
    • Introduction 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Japanese Canadian Internment 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Mary Kitagawa was seven years old when she was detained in a livestock barn at Vancouver’s Hastings Park. She remembers the stench of the buildings when she dragged her suitcase through the barn door in April, 1942. Mary ...
    • The Longest Battle 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Built in 1940 as a convoy escort ship, HMCS Sackville is the last of a fleet of 123 Canadian corvettes. In 1985, the HMCS Sackville was restored to its original condition and docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and thus made ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Next Steps to Win the War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In August 1943, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill held a weeklong conference that ultimately changed the direction of the Second World War. Together with the host, Canadian ...
    • 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 ...
    • Remembering the Holocaust 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      The Jewish Cemetery in Victoria, BC is the resting place for a dozen survivors of the Nazi Second World War concentration camps. In addition to the commemorative markers of the Holocaust survivors buried in the cemetery, ...
    • Royal Canadian Legion 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      To support veterans and their families the Royal Canadian Legion was established in 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as an advocacy organization. The Legion expanded its membership to include female veterans, family members of ...
    • Where the Decisions were Made 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister. He led Canada for a total of twenty-one years over three terms: 1921-26, 1926-30 and 1935-48. King conducted most of his parliamentary work from his ...