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Canadian Victoria Cross Winners - South African War

Type: Document

During the South African War, Victoria Crosses were awarded for rescuing fellow soldiers under enemy fire, rear-guard action at Leliefontein, and for service in the Medical Corps.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Battle of Leliefontein - South African War

Type: Document

Leliefontein was the most desperate situation faced by Canadians during the South African War. In the morning of November 6, 1900, British and Canadian troops dispersed a large Boer commando across the Komati River. Later, British troops retreated to Belfast while the Royal Canadian Dragoons covered their rearguard. The Boers used the British retreat as an opportunity to launch strong attacks against the Canadian Line.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Imperial Adventure: South African War

Type: Document

The South African War marked the first occasion that Canada despatched troops to an overseas war. This Introductory page for the Canadian War Museum's exhibition, entitled Imperial Adventure includes battles, units, people, and equipment.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas D.B. Evans (1860- 1908) - South African War

Type: Document

Under Lieutenant-Colonel T.D.B. Evans' leadership the Canadian Mounted Rifles carried out some very successful actions, including the seizure of a key hill at Leliefontein on 7 November 1900 that prevented the Boers from trapping a British force.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Hong Kong, December 1941 - Operations - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

It seemed unlikely that the Pacific Ocean British colony of Hong Kong, guarded by only four battalions at the outbreak of war, could be held if the Japanese chose to mount a serious attack. Nevertheless, military leaders in London convinced themselves that the Japanese might be scared off by a show of force. They asked Canada for help. Prime Minister Mackenzie King, usually cautious but not this time, agreed. For this duty, the army staff selected the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Artifact Search - CMCC Catalogue

Type: Document

The Canadian Museum of Civilization provides a searchable catalogue of its collections. The types of artifacts found in their database include archaeological specimens, Aboriginal art, furniture, artwork, military objects, glass, porcelain, and textiles.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Strathcona’s Horse in the South African War

Type: Document

On 10 January 1900, Lord Strathcona offered to raise a regiment at his own expense for service in the British Army in South Africa. The unit was recruited entirely in the Canadian West. It was equipped by the Canadian government and quartered in Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.

Site: Canadian War Museum

The Queen's South Africa Medal - Awards for Service in the South African War

Type: Document

All members of British or colonial forces who served in South Africa during the actual period of hostilities, 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902, qualified for the Queen's South Africa Medal.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942 - Operations - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

Five thousand Canadian troops, along with a thousand British troops, attacked the French port of Dieppe on the English Channel Coast in August 1942. The purpose was to make a successful raid on German-occupied Europe over water, and then to hold Dieppe briefly. The results were disastrous.

Site: Canadian War Museum