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Canada in the First World War and the Road to Vimy Ridge

The name Vimy Ridge is part of the very fabric of Canadian nationhood, for, at Vimy, our soldiers brought both pride and unity to the Canada of their day.

Site: National Defence

The Battle of Vimy Ridge April 9-12, 1917

This exhibition is designed to illustrate, through the National Archives of Canada's collections, the many roles that Canadian men and women played during the First World War, and the definite mark the war left on our society.

Site: National Defence

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917

As part of a British offensive in April 1917, Canadian soldiers captured the heavily fortified Vimy Ridge in northern France. Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded.

Site: National Defence

Canada's Victoria Cross

A brief examination of the creation of the new Victoria Cross and the history of this decoration within the Canadian military. Response to the original edition was so favourable that we decided to issue a revised, slightly longer edition of the booklet.

Site: National Defence

Official History of the Canadian Army in Korea: Strange Battleground

The Operations in Korea and their Effects on the Defence Policy of Canada.

Site: National Defence

The Victoria Cross Gallery

The original Victoria Cross was awarded to eighty-one members (81) of Canada’s military forces.

Site: National Defence

Canada And The Battle Of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917

Commemorative Edition celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Reproduced by the Directorate History and Heritage (DHH), Department of National Defence, 2007.

Site: National Defence

Women and War

Through the years, thousands of Canadian women have been faced with obstacles and challenging new experiences, whether on the home front or on the front lines. Learn about the changing roles of women and their different experiences.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans

Each year on June 21, National Aboriginal Day is celebrated. Canadian Aboriginal Veterans have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 Indians served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and non-status Indians also participated. One Aboriginal Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Natives served in the three wars.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military

This history on our Aboriginal Peoples and their contribution to Canada’s rich military heritage is the latest in a series of books prepared by the Director of History and Heritage commemorating especial military experience.

Site: Canadian Military History Gateway

Canadian Military Histories

Working in partnership with the University of London, UK and the War Office Library of Great Britain, this important collection will make accessible published and archival histories and photographs that are related to service in or for Canada. The British and Canadian Regiments, naval ships and air force squadrons will be featured among the outstanding collection of historical images and documents.

Site: The Military Museums Library and Archives

World War II films online

A selection of NFB films about World War II available for streaming from the Online Screening Room. Watch hundreds of films free online.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

World War I films online

A selection of NFB films on the subject of World War I available for streaming from the Online Screening Room. Watch hundreds of films free online.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

National Peacekeepers’ Day

On National Peacekeepers' Day, we remember the peacekeepers who have sacrificed so much, even their lives, so others can know peace. We take the time to remember these heroes on August 9 because it was on that date in 1974 that the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission occurred. Nine Canadians lost their lives while serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

On All Fronts: World War II and the NFB

The site features 136 films from the NFB collection (67 in English, 3 without words and 66 in French in the French part of the site). Of those, 44 films (20 in English, 3 without words and 21 in French) include described video for the vision-impaired; 27 films (18 in English, 9 in French) are available with closed captioning for the hearing-impaired viewers. Users will also find 114 film excerpts (57 in English, 57 in French). The site is complemented by more than 60 items from the NFB archives and from partners (audio material, stock shots, photos, etc.), as well as several interview clips.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

55th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

This year we recognize the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Remembrance events and activities will be held across Canada and in South Korea, providing opportunities for Canadians to learn about Canada's role in the Korean War.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Chinese-Canadian Veterans

Heroes Remember presents twenty-one interviews with Chinese-Canadian war Veterans who speak candidly of their wartime efforts.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

65th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

August 19, 2007 marks the 65th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, one of the most devastating and bloody chapters in Canadian military history.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

The Battle of Passchendaele: Resources at Library and Archives Canada

This portal brings together the online resources of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for the Battle of Passchendaele, including photographs, maps, war diaries and stories of soldiers who fought in the battle.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Story Galleries – A Brief History of Vimy

Galleries: 1) Artwork - 2) Behind the Lines - 3) April 1917 - 4) The Monument

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

The National Film Board of Canada: World War One

This site includes 20 titles available for viewing online at this time and the aim is to give accessibility to all the visual records that illustrate Canada’s role in this war. These records were transferred to the NFB from the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau and amount to some 200 titles. With the participation of the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada as well as the Imperial War Museum in London, all of these records will be digitized and made available online shortly.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada: D Day

A site on the 60th anniversary of the D Day landings includes several NFB titles, available for viewing online, on the events of June 4, 1944.

Site: National Film Board of Canada