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Most heavily armed and armoured warship. Designed to engage other battleships, its main employment was to protect convoys in dangerous waters. Another duty was the bombardment of shore targets such as Normandy on D-Day. In use from the later part of the 19th century to the Second World War, there were relatively few battleship actions, possibly the most famous being the 1941 Royal Navy pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Canada never had battleships in its navy, but Canadian naval bases have been used by Royal Navy battleships protecting our sea-lanes.
American 2.6-inch anti-tank rocket launcher introduced in 1941 and named for the trombone-like musical instrument it resembled.
Square, low structure with loopholes, used as a fort. Usually built with squared timbers, but occasionally of stones. Some were built in early Nova Scotia. Beginning in the 1770s, they were used in central Canada and later at certain fur trade forts further west.
Nickname given to Canadian nurses by First World War soldiers on account of their distinctive sky blue dresses.
Side-benefit of a successful raid for military and naval servicemen, valuables seized from the enemy were given to New France militiamen as a form of bonus pay. A percentage of the estimated value of a captured fort or ship was paid back to the victorious officers and men. Enlisted men's shares were very modest, but some senior officers made fortunes. The present-day field bonuses can be seen as a continuation of the booty and prize practice of olden times.
See also: Wages and Pensions.