The Military Museums

Trench Life

The stalemate that occurred on the Western Front in 1914 resulted in an almost unbroken string of roughly parallel trenches stretching from Switzerland to the English Channel.

Polish Free Army

When Poland fell to the Germans in 1939, a substantial number of their Armed Forces personnel avoided capture and escaped to France.

Ken and Patricia Rivers

Ken Rivers was born on February 12th, 1916, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Loading Bombs

As new bombers were developed during the Second World War, there was a dramatic increase in the size of bombs that aircraft could carry.

Alan Crabtree

Born on July 22, 1923 Alan Crabtree was the middle son of Edith and Maurice Crabtree of Toronto.

Wolf Squadron

In March 1941, No. 403 "Wolf" Squadron became the first Canadian squadron formed overseas without ties to any previous flying unit in Canada.

Windsor Carrier

The Windsor Carrier was a late-war unit produced by Ford Canada in a single batch of 5,000 in 1944-1945.

Lionel Binmore

Lionel Raymond Binmore served in the First World War with the Victoria Rifles of Canada.

Val Rimer

Val Rimer enlisted in Winnipeg in 1942 and joined the Lord Strathcona's Horse armoured regiment after arriving in England.

The Calgary Highlanders

The Calgary Highlanders is a reserve infantry regiment that was originally raised in 1910 as the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles).


The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), more familiarly known as the WRENS, was initially founded in England in November 1917 during the First World War.

Prisoners of War

Among the first Canadians who became prisoners during the Second World War were the soldiers captured during the Defence of Hong Kong in Dec 1941.

Hong Kong, 1941

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and other Asian territories in late 1941, a true world-wide conflict began.

James Stone

James Riley Stone was born in southern England. At age 19, he emigrated to Canada to take up homesteading in the Peace River country.

Clarence Gavan

Clarence "Nuck" Gavan was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and joined the RCAF in Montreal on 10 Jan 1942.

Together, Side by Side

When the Allied nations gathered together to fight against a common fascist enemy they were often thrust together in the same armies.

Ishar Singh VC

Ishar Singh served in the Indian Army throughout the Great War and in the British campaign of Waziristan in 1919-1921.

Medical Corps

The Canadian Forces medical Corps had its earliest beginnings as a collection of individually recruited regimental doctors.

Depth Charge

During the First World War, German submarines, or U-boats became a serious hazard to Allied shipping.


Naval bases, vital to the operation of any naval power, all rely on the availability of suitable harbours and their proximity to vital sea routes.

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