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Officer cadet, Royal Military College of Canada, 1954

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Except for a few details, the full dress uniform of officer cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, remained essentially the same since the college was founded in 1874. As shown in this 1954 photo, only the shakos and pith helmets worn on parade by first-class officer-cadets disappeared, replaced by pill-box caps. (Canadian Department of National Defence, ZK-2049)

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The Quebec Citadel, circa 1950

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Built between 1828 and 1856, the Quebec Citadel has remained largely the same ever since, as this 1950s picture shows. It is now the regimental HQ of the Royal 22e Régiment / Royal 22nd Regiment - the famous 'Van Doos'. (Library of the Canadian Department of National Defence)

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2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Kap'yong, Korea, 24-25 April 1951

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On 24 and 25 April 1951, the 2nd Battalion of the 'Princess Pats' fought day and night to repel repeated attacks on Kap'yong by the Chinese 118th Division. This action stopped the Chinese advance on Seoul, the Korean capital. Impressed by such gallantry and tenacity, the U.S. president awarded the battalion the American Distinguished Unit Citation, which it has worn ever since. (United States Army Center of Military History, Washington)

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Sir Eugène Fiset

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Sir Eugène Fiset (1874-1951) was a doctor, soldier, Deputy Minister of Defence, Member of Parliament, and Lieutenant Governor. (Private collection)

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British Army folding iron barrack bed

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This type of bed gradually replaced wooden double bunks from 1824. Every day, the bed was folded and the mattress rolled up for inspection. Army Circular Memorandum of 12 June 1860.

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HMCS Ontario, Swiftsure-class light cruiser, Royal Canadian Navy, late 1950s

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The British presented two light cruisers to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1945. This photo from the late 1950s shows the Swiftsure-class HMCS Ontario, originally HMS Minotaur. HMCS Uganda, a member of the earlier Ceylon class, was the only Canadian vessel to serve with the American navy in the Pacific. She was renamed HMCS Quebec in 1952. (Canadian Department of National Defence, EKS-103)

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Canadian infantryman in Korea, 1951-54

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The period 1951-1955 saw 12 Canadian infantry battalions serving in Korea, most of them with the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade as part of the First Commonwealth Division. Reconstruction by Ron Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)

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Map of Korea

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A map of the Korean theatre of war.

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Canadian M4A3E8 Sherman tanks, Korea, 1951

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Sherman tanks of 'C' Squadron, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) (2nd Armoured Regiment) in Korea, 1951. (Canadian Department of National Defence, ZK-2011)

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