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Politics and Government - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: Document

The Liberals, headed by Prime Minister Mackenzie King, steered Canada through some rocky waters during the war years. The challenges the government faced were well documented in the English language newspapers of the time.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Canadian Armed Forces: The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

The Royal Canadian Navy grew rapidly during the Second World War. The roles it played in military actions ranged from acting as an escort force for merchant ships to fighting German submarines and landing on the coast of German-occupied France as part of major operations. Some of the experiences of the Canadian Navy were recorded in newspapers of the time.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Life on the Homefront: Veterans and Veterans' Programmes - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

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The government created the Department of Veterans Affairs to deal with matters affecting veterans and their dependents, principally medical treatment; rehabilitation of the disabled; education; insurance; welfare; allowances, pensions and loans; and land settlement and housing. They were at their busiest in 1947 dealing with returned service people. It is still responsible for Canada's veterans.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Leading WREN, by war artist Margaret Kathleen MacLeod

Type: Image

An electronic reproduction of the watercolour on paper artwork, "Leading WREN," created by Margaret Kathleen MacLeod.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Biography of artist Orville Fisher

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Provides a brief biographical overview of the life of Orville Fisher. Mr. Fisher's paintings of the Second World War constitute one of the most complete records of Canada's day-to-day role in that conflict. Perhaps his chief claim to fame is that he was the only Allied war artist to land in Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Canadian Armed Forces: The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

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The RCAF ran the vital British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War Two, but it also sent nearly 94,000 personnel overseas. It also played a major role in the Battle of the Atlantic. .

Site: Canadian War Museum

Biography of artist C. Anthony Law

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Commander Anthony Law had a long and distinguished career as a naval officer and also worked as a professional artist. Includes a brief biography of this Canadian war artist and some of his works.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Into the Blue - Pilot Training in Canada, 1917-18

Type: Document

In 1917-18 the British air force directed an ambitious flying training operation in Canada. The scheme had no precedent, but it inspired the vast British Commonwealth Air Training Plan of the Second World War, and subsequent training programs in Canada for aircrew from nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that continue to the present day. This online article has information about the training program and includes a bibliography.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Major Arthur L. ("Gat") Howard (1846-1901) - South African War

Type: Document

Major Arthur L. (Gat) Howard accepted the position of machine gun officer in the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (later called the Royal Canadian Dragoons). Instead of returning home from the South African War with his unit in December 1900, Howard organized the Canadian Scouts and took command of the unit.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Off to St. John, by war artist Margaret Kathleen MacLeod

Type: Image

An electronic reproduction of the watercolour on paper artwork, "Off to St. John," created by Margaret Kathleen MacLeod in 1944.

Site: Canadian War Museum