Tag: second world war

Ode of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

This Week in Canadian History (March 26-April 1)

A day late, admittedly, but here’s the week! March 26, 1885 – The North-West Rebellion began at The Battle of Duck Lake, near modern-day Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Superintendant Lief Crozier and his force of approximately 100 North West Mounted Police and Prince Albert Volunteers were flanked by Gabriel Dumont and a larger Métis force. 12 Government forces

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Book Review: Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII

Hello all! It’s been a busy March. In addition to a 2-week March Break (I’m itching to get back into the classroom!) , I’ve also switched Internet/Cable providers and… oh yes, gotten engaged! I’m glad to be back in the swing of blogging, though. I’m excited to share with you my thoughts on my most recent

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This Week in Canadian History (Feb 27-Mar 4)

Feb 27, 1965 – Québec signs an international entente with France on co-operation in the education field; the entente is particularly important in light of issues surrounding sovereignty and power within a federal state. Feb 28, 1712 – Louis Joseph de Montcalm, Marquis of Montcalm, leader of the French forces at the Plains of Abraham, was

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This Week in Canadian History (Feb 20-26)

Feb 20, 1959 – The Avro Arrow program is cancelled under the Diefenbaker administration. Diefenbaker explains the cancellation to the CBC: “Having regards to the development that was taking place, particularly in intercontinental ballistic missiles, there was a probability that action would have to be taken in this regard… We were loath to take it.” For

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This Week in Canadian History (Dec 12-18)

Dec 12, 1942 – 99 civilians and military personnel died and over 100 were injured in a arson attack on the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The hall broke several fire codes at the time, with doors that opened inwards and obstructed paths to and from those faulty doors. The fire is

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This Week in Canadian History (Aug 15-21)

Aug 15, 1917  – The attack on Hill 70 begins. It was the first major action fought by the Canadian Corps under a Canadian commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. It was successful and the Canadians withstood a German counterattack. – 1925 – Jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, whose numerous awards include a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, was

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This Week in Canadian History (Aug 8-14)

Aug 8, 1918 – Allied forces launch an attack at Amiens, France, beginning what is known as The Hundred Days Offensive, or Canada’s Hundred Days, the great final push of the First World War. John Bernard Croak is wounded and later dies in action that earns him the honour of being the first Newfoundlander to win the

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