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J.C.B. Goes to Canada

Type: Document

There is an eye-witness account of the life of a soldier recruited for the Troupes de la Marine in Canada. Joseph Charles Bonin, called 'J.C.B.' joined in 1751, bored with his life as a clerk. After a seasickness filled Atlantic crossing, J.C.B. reached Quebec.

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Canadian Base Depot - Activities of Personnel of this Depot During Merseyside Air Raids

Type: Document

This report deals with the Canadian Base Depot, and in particular with the work of men attached to the Depot during the heavy air raids on Merseyside, England during the early part of May, 1941.

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Experiences of a Canadian Civil Affairs Officer in Germany, March 1945 – April 1946

Type: Document

This account has considerable historical value as a record of a Canadian officer attached to a British Civil Affairs unit at the end of World War II. It also presents one view of rebuilding efforts in Germany immediately after the war.

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Sir Eugene Fiset returns to service…

Type: Document

Eugene Fiset is an example of a unique French Canadian officer who rose to high rank and distinguished recognition while serving his country in the Boer War. He later rose to the position of Director General of the Army Medical Service. Following military service he was a Deputy Minister of Militia and Defence, a Major-General, a Member of Parliament, and finally the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

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Nicknames

Type: Document

It was very common among lower class civilians and almost universal amongst French soldiers of the period to have a nickname. These were even recorded on official muster rolls, and often referred to an individual's past profession, character, appearance or region of origin.

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Operation at Dieppe, 19 Aug 42 - Further Personal Stories of Participants

Type: Document

A second group of accounts of the DIEPPE operation of August 19, 1942 by officers and other ranks of the Canadian forces who participated in it. There is a short introduction by Major C.P. Stacey.

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Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) Reports, 1965-1980

Type: Document

From 1965-1980, Colonel C.P. Stacey organized the Directorate of History out of the three former separate Service historical sections. He introduced the practice of writing historical narratives of current operations or on topics of contemporary interest. The Canadian Forces Headquarters Reports deal with peacekeeping, naval aspects of the Second World War, and the organization and structure of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence from colonial times.

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"CANLOAN" Scheme, 1943 to July 1945

Type: Document

The CANLOAN program was comprised of Canadian officers on loan to the British Army during World War Two. The attitude of some of the Canadian soldiers and the questions they had about the arrangement are the basis of this report.

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Trans-Atlantic Voyage - Conditions in London

Type: Document

This first of a series of reports discusses Major Stacey's voyage from Ottawa and across the Atlantic as part of a convoy of ships. Here is a first-hand account of London, England during the Second World War from the point of view of a Canadian soldier.

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Further Material on the SPITSBERGEN Operation, August-September 1941

Type: Document

This very descriptive report tells of the Canadian force that was sent to this Norwegian island. The details of the operation, movements of units, references to a personal diary kept by Captain Perry Hall, and a short history of the relationship between Canada and Spitsbergen are included. Canada was offered the honour of providing the major part of the military force for this operation from her army in the United Kingdom.

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