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Japanese Balloon Enterprise Against North America

Type: Document

This report is an account of the Japanese balloon attacks against the United States and Canada in the final year of the Second World War, and the measures adopted, especially in Canada, to meet this new type of warfare. It also includes information on the effectiveness of the attacks and the types of weapons dropped by the balloons.

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The battle of Long-Sault, in May 1660

Type: Image

This early-20th century engraving shows the climax of the legendary 1660 defence of Long-Sault against the Iroquois by Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and his men. One of the French defenders is shown holding a keg of gunpowder above his head. This makeshift bomb would fall back inside the fort and kill much of the garrison.

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Fears of French Fleets

Type: Document

France's 1778 entry into the American Revolutionary War spread fear in several places. The Maritimes worried about a French fleet disrupting shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence or attacking Newfoundland. In Quebec, officials worried about Canadian reaction to a French landing.

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Recruiting Sergeants

Type: Document

Recruiters would entice potential volunteers with false tales of the easy, glorious life they would lead in the military, and told stories of riches to be won. Getting the men drunk also played an important part in recruiting practices.

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Further Material on British Plans for Preparation of Official Histories - Present State of Canadian Army Historical Activities Overseas

Type: Document

Information dealing particularly with plans for a co-ordinated history of the British Medical Services and with historical activities carried on at Combined Operations Headquarters. Some comments are offered on the state of the Canadian Army's historical programme at the time of this report.

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Press Conference Concerning Organization of First Cdn Army and Arrangements for Press Representatives, 25 Feb 43

Type: Document

This report deals with a press conference held on February 23, 1943 by the BGS, First Canadian Army. The conference was attended by a group of correspondents likely to be associated with the Canadian Army in future operations. The reporters were given a brief description of military organization and a questionnaire as to which sort of raids they wanted to report on.

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Records of the 4th International Colloquy on Military History (Ottawa 23.25 VIII 1978) Date of Publication: 1979

Type: Document

Introduction by W.A.B. Douglas, Director Directorate of History, Program Chairman. Articles in a variety of languages including: English, German, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, Russian, Greek.

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Western Thrust Under American General Hull

Type: Document

To the astonishment of the British, the first American attack during 1812 was in the far west from Detroit. An army led by the inexperienced American General Hull, the Governor of Michigan, crossed the border and took the town of Sandwich, Upper Canada, in July 1812

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Endnotes for Canadian Military Heritage Volume 1 (1000-1754)

Type: Document

A collection of sources and attributions for materials quoted in the pages of volume 1 of 'Canadian Military Heritage'

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Material on General Activities of Canadian Army Overseas, 1941-1942

Type: Document

An article originally written for 'The Canadian Geographic Journal', it details movements and improvements in Canadian Forces stationed in Britain from 1941 to 1942. Written in everday language, it is a more general source of information on our troops in England.

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