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Enemy Air Action and the Canadian Army in the United Kingdom, 1939-43

Type: Document

This report is an account of the effect of enemy air action on units and men of the Canadian Army in the United Kingdom during the period 1939 – 1943, and of the part played by Canadian units in the defence of Britain against the enemy air force in those years.

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Canadian Base Depot - Activities of Personnel of this Depot During Merseyside Air Raids

Type: Document

This report deals with the Canadian Base Depot, and in particular with the work of men attached to the Depot during the heavy air raids on Merseyside, England during the early part of May, 1941.

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Canadian Relations with the People of the United Kingdom, and General Problems of Morale, 1939-44

Type: Document

While Canadian troops were stationed in England they established a relationship with the English people. This relationship was tied very strongly to the morale of the troops. A report was presented on this subject by Canadian Military Headquarters.

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Canadian-American Co-operation in the Defence of Sault Ste. Marie, 1941-1944

Type: Document

This report discusses the defence plans and measures undertaken by Canada and the United States for the protection of the canals and waterway at Sault Ste. Marie during the Second World War. Sault Ste. Marie headed the list of vulnerable points "to be afforded military protection from the beginning of the precautionary stage or on the outbreak of war".

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Announcement of Canadian Participation in Operation "HUSKY"

Type: Document

On July 10, 1943, the invasion of Sicily began. It was the first sustained land action involving the Canadian Army in the Second World War. The feeling of dissatisfaction with Canada’s past performance and present role began to mount until there was active agitation in the press and in Parliament to commit the Canadian Army to battle.

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Visit to Welwyn - Sketch of Canadian Medical Establishments in the U.K. - Further on the Wartime Aspect of the English Countryside

Type: Document

This report deals mainly with a visit to the Medical Branch, Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ), at Digswell Place, Welwyn, and tries to provide (based on interviews and supplemented at some points by examination of the Medical Branch war diary) a sketch of the Canadian medical establishments in England as they existed at the time of the Second World War. Major Stacey has added his own observations on the wartime aspect of the English countryside.

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Trans-Atlantic Voyage - Conditions in London

Type: Document

This first of a series of reports discusses Major Stacey's voyage from Ottawa and across the Atlantic as part of a convoy of ships. Here is a first-hand account of London, England during the Second World War from the point of view of a Canadian soldier.

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Conditions in London

Type: Document

This report deals with the situation in the city of London, England in WW II as it was after four and a half months of bombing by the enemy. The observations presented are additional to those made in Major Stacey's first report, dated 31 Dec. 1940, which contained his first impressions of the state of the capital.

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Visit to Borden Camp; Brigadier Page's reminiscences of Iceland, etc.; The War and the English Countryside

Type: Document

An internal military report from 1941 describes Borden Camp in Hampshire, England, a Canadian station that was the chief centre of Canadian Base Units. It also records a discussion about the experiences of Canadian troops in Iceland, and relates the author's impressions of the effect of the war on the English countryside.

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Renewal of Enemy Air Activity Over Britain - The Present Phase of the War

Type: Document

This report deals with the increase in enemy air activity over London and the United Kingdom generally, and attempts some comment on the state of the war as seen from England at the beginning of spring, 1941.

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