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02-06-2007, 10:10 AM
I´m looking for some Canadian WWII photos, but couldn´t find many yet. Could some of you help me with some links or pics (especially infantry ^^). Thanks ;)

heavy lift
02-06-2007, 10:41 AM
Hey scrub, I'm not sure what they have but did you try the DND website? www.dnd.ca (http://www.dnd.ca)

02-06-2007, 10:46 AM
How about Google?

Canuck Farrier
02-06-2007, 01:42 PM
The Battle of Ortona 1943
Close Quarter fighting! House by house, basement by basement, floor by floor by floor, alley by alley, street by street, block by block. Other than the trenches of the Great War there surely can be no worse scenario for the madness and horror of combat.Heres photos of the Battle for Ortoan often referred to as "little Stalingrad"
In terms of loss of life, on the Allied side over 1600 men died in just eight days. Looking at those statistics, it is easy to understand why Ortona was called a "Little Stalingrad."

Figure 1 shows a typical German defensive position at the intersection of a street and an alley.

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http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AADJ/000a/image/slide/AADJ000a00b7.jpg (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=record_detail&fl=&lg=English&ex=00000186&rd=89803#)
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AADJ/000a/image/slide/AADJ000a00bh.jpg (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=record_detail&fl=&lg=English&ex=00000186&rd=89778#)
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AADJ/000a/image/slide/AADJ000a00bj.jpg (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=record_detail&fl=&lg=English&ex=00000186&rd=89780#)
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AADJ/000a/image/slide/AADJ000a00al.jpg (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=record_detail&fl=&lg=English&ex=00000186&rd=89746#)

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/AADJ/000a/image/slide/AADJ000a00bv.jpg (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=record_detail&fl=&lg=English&ex=00000186&rd=89792#)

Canuck Farrier
02-06-2007, 01:51 PM
More Ortona Pics from my old thread.
Members of the Edmonton Regiment digging out a comrade who was buried alive in the wreckage of a building demolished by the enemy.
A Canadain sherman tabk from the Eight Army is seen in action on a street in Ortona, Italy during eight days of fighting to win the town.
Interrogation of a German soldier who entered San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, in civilian clothes. December 13, 1943 , Place of publication: San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy.
An unidentified gunner of the Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) laying down harrassing fire with a Vickers machine gun. January 7, 1944. Ortona, Italy (vicinity).
Rescue of Lance-Corporal Roy Boyd of "C" Company, Loyal Edmonton Regiment, who was buried alive for three-and-a-half days in the rubble of a blown-up house.

02-06-2007, 02:01 PM
Great pix Farrier. Love that sniper pic.

Canuck Farrier
02-06-2007, 02:30 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c1/Lancaster_over_Hamburg.jpg/646px-Lancaster_over_Hamburg.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/Lancaster_over_Hamburg.jpg)
Hamburg during the firestorm raid.
http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/mediawiki-1.5.5/images/thumb/0/00/Kangaroomarking.jpg/300px-Kangaroomarking.jpg (http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/mediawiki-1.5.5/index.php?title=Image:Kangaroomarking.jpg)
A First Canadian Army evaluation report on the Skink read "In a ground support role, the vehicle was an infantry mop-up weapon, advancing with the second wave of armour to clean out infantry positions bypassed by the first wave. Using HEIT ammunition, the Skink proved most valuable in setting fire to buildings, thus forcing the enemy out into the open." Other field reports described the effects of a burst of 20mm HEIT rounds directed at enemy-occupied buildings or hedgerows. In one instance, the Skink attacked a building occupied by 50 enemy soldiers. Ten of them were wounded by HEIT fragments, the others surrendered in terror. Another time, the Skink commander was fired on by a sniper. Unhurt but furious, the commander directed the Skink's guns to fire in the direction of the sniper. The 20mm's blasted away everything in the surrounding area and in moments the shaken sniper emerged.
Today, the only remnant of the mighty Skink is a forlorn turret at CFB Shilo in Manitoba, which is used for gunnery practice.

baker company
02-06-2007, 03:09 PM
www.wwii.ca has a pretty good selection of WWII Cdn photos, organized by battle. Many great infantry pics. They also have many WWI photos.

02-06-2007, 03:14 PM
Thanks a bunch!

Canuck Farrier
02-06-2007, 06:48 PM
A few of Dieppe.
http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/canadian_light_infantry.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)

Canadian Light Infantry in action in Valguarnera, Sicily; Enemy trucks are ablaze in distance; 20 July, 1943.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/tank_column.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)

Canadian tank division ready for Normandy attack; 1944 I'm guessing the track pieces on the front of the shermans are extra armor??

Shipping Attack.
http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/beaufighter.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)
Canadian flown Beaufighter aircraft firing rockets at German merchantmen Aquila and Helga Ferdinand near Fjord Migdulen, November 8th, 1944.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/canada_bombers.sized.jpg (http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/black_and_white/canada_bombers?full=1)
Canadian bomber crews bomb coastal batteries on Friesian Islands; April 1945

http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/german_panther_tank.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)
A captured Panther.Germany 1945.
http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/uboat_ram.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)
Canadian ship rams German U-boat caught in the open!
http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/albums/black_and_white/canadian_paratroopers.jpg (http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/)
Paratroopers of the 1st Canadian Parachute battalion on a Churchill tank; 1945

02-06-2007, 09:20 PM
some fantastic stuff there. Canada has alot to be proud of and it's a shame not many people outside of Canada know anything about it. Whenever I talk about something to do with the Canadian army the usual response from the guys in my unit is "Canada has an army!?"

02-06-2007, 09:56 PM
some fantastic stuff there. Canada has alot to be proud of and it's a shame not many people outside of Canada know anything about it. Whenever I talk about something to do with the Canadian army the usual response from the guys in my unit is "Canada has an army!?"

Show them these pictures and the countless others of the Canada Army during WW2. I to think it's a shame not very many people know about the history of the Canadian Military.. damn shame.

Canuck Farrier
02-07-2007, 07:17 PM
Show them these pictures and the countless others of the Canada Army during WW2. I to think it's a shame not very many people know about the history of the Canadian Military.. damn shame.

Ya we have a rich military history,but we all did our part and theres many untold stories and events from everyones military forces.I give em all respect,and try to pass along their stories.p-)

Heres some WW2 facts u guys may or may not find interesting.
1.1 million Canadians served in WWII, including 106,000 in the Royal Canadian Navy and 200,000 in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The first Canadian infantryman to die in World War II was Private John Gray. He was captured and executed by the Japanese on December 13, 1941 in Hong Kong.
Canada was the first Commonwealth country to send troops to Britain in 1939.
During 1939-45 hundreds of thousands of Canadians - more than 40 per cent of the male population between the ages of 18 and 45, and virtually all of them volunteers - enlisted.


1,081,865 Canadians in Service
46,777 Dead
53,145 Wounded
8,271 POW's
108,193 Total Casualties
Aborigional Canadians

At least 3,000 status (treaty) Indians - including 72 women - enlisted, as well as an unknown number of Inuit, Métis, and other Natives. The actual numbers were no doubt much higher.
Among this small number of identified Aboriginal members of the forces, at least 17 decorations for bravery in action were earned.
The BCATP was an outstanding success. By the end of the war, it had graduated 131,533 pilots, observers, flight engineers, and other aircrew for the air forces of Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. While over half the BCATP graduates came from the North American continent, the plan trained personnel from all over the world including about 2,000 French, 900 Czechoslovakians, 680 Norwegians, 450 Poles, and about the same number of Belgians and Dutch.

72,835 graduates joined the Royal Canadian Air Force
42,110 graduates joined the Royal Air Force
9,606 joined the Royal Australian Air Force
7,002 joined the Royal New Zealand Air ForceIndustry
During the Second World War, Canadian industries manufactured war materials and other supplies for Canada, the United States, Britain, and other Allied countries. The total value of Canadian war production was almost $10 billion - approximately $100 billion in today's dollars.
Out of Canada's population of 11.3 million, the total number of workers engaged in essential war industries was 1,049,876, with approximately 2,100,000 more engaged full-time in what was called "essential civilian employment", which included agriculture, communications, and food processing.
Britain had entered the war with 80,000 military vehicles of all types; however, 75,000 of these British vehicles were left behind in the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. Virtually defenceless on the ground, Britain turned to Canada - and particularly the Canadian auto industry - to replace what had been lost. Canada not only replaced these losses, it did much more.
Canadian industry produced over 800,000 military transport vehicles, 50,000 tanks, 40,000 field, naval, and anti-aircraft guns, and 1,700,000 small arms.
Of the 800,000 military vehicles of all types built in Canada, 168,000 were issued to Canadian forces. Thirty-eight percent of the total Canadian production went to the British. The remainder of the vehicles went to the other Allies. This meant that the Canadian Army 'in the field' had a ratio of one vehicle for every three soldiers, making it the most mechanized field force in the war.
The Bombardier company of Valcourt, Quebec, built over 150 military snowmobiles. General Motors developed a frame for another snowmobile, of which 300 were built.
Canadian Pacific Railway constructed 788 Valentine tanks in its Angus shop in Montreal; its engine was built by General Motors. 5,200 tanks had been built at C.P. Angus and Montreal Locomotive Company shops by the end of the war.
2,150 twenty-five pounder "Sexton" self-propelled guns were built by Montreal Locomotive Works.
A heavy utility vehicle body was developed in Canada. Four-thousand such vehicles were manufactured by General Motors in Oshawa. This vehicle body could be mounted on a 4x4 chassis and could, with slight modifications, be used as a personnel carrier, ambulance, light wireless, truck or machinery truck.

02-07-2007, 09:28 PM
By September 1939, more than 58,000 Canadian men and women had volunteered to serve in the Canadian Forces.
Canadian soldiers formed the main assault force for the raid on Dieppe (http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/dieppe), where more 900 Canadians were killed and almost 2,000 more were taken prisoner.
Approximately 14,000 Canadians landed at Normandy on D-day.
The royal family of The Netherlands eventually moved to Ottawa until The Netherlands were liberated, and Princess Margriet was born during this Canadian exile. In 1944-45, First Canadian Army was responsible for liberating much of The Netherlands from German occupation.
More than one million Canadians served in the Second World War and approximately 45,000 gave their lives.
Canada's navy was the third largest in the Allied forces, and its airforce was the fourth largest.
By the end of the Second World War, Canada's navy with more than 113,000 personnel, included approximately 7,000 women.

02-07-2007, 09:48 PM





"Let's go... Canadians!"

"The men we need, to overcome/conquer" ("Men of Valour" is what appeared on the english posters)
"2 Brave sailors from the corvette HMCS OAKVILLE board a German U-Boat in the Caribbean Sea"










"We need Scrap Iron to make tanks, artillery and munitions. Consult your local comittee"

"Our response - maximum production"

"The lives of these men depend on YOUR work"





Canuck Farrier
02-07-2007, 09:55 PM
Nice stuff,I knew someone around here was holdin out.p-)

02-07-2007, 10:11 PM
Because I was suspended!

This is from Combat Camera (www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/)

Victory In Europe (VE) Day - 60th Anniversary


This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, May 8th, 1945, when the Allied powers celebrated the defeat of the Germans who had agreed to an unconditional surrender at Reims, France the previous day. What follows is a short slideshow of photographs from that period.


Crowd welcoming the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders of Canada to Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, April 16th, 1945.


Infantry of the South Saskatchewan Regiment lying down and firing through a hedge near Dutch farmhouse, Oranje Canal, the Netherlands, April 12th, 1945.


German soldiers being disarmed by troops of I Canadian Corps at a small arms dump in the Netherlands, May 11th, 1945.


Loading carriers into Buffaloes, and Buffaloes moving towards Ijssel River near Westervoort, The Netherlands, April 13th, 1945.


Dutch civilians loading a Canadian-supplied truck with food, following agreement amongst Germans, Dutch and Allies about the distribution of food to the Dutch population. Near Wageningen, Netherlands, 3 May 1945.


Sherman tanks of the 4th Armoured Division ready to advance near Sonsbeck, Germany, March 9th,1945.


Canadian infantrymen passing German refugees near Xanten, Germany, March 9th, 1945.


Personnel of the Regina Rifles preparing to attack enemy in Moyland Wood near Calcar, Germany, 16 February 1945.


Members of "B" Troop, 5th Field Regiment, firing 25-pounder near Malden, Holland, 1 February 1945. From left to right: Sergeant Jack Brown, Bdr. Joe Wilson, Gunners Lyle Ludwig, Bill Budd, George Spence, and Bill Stewart.


Typhoons from a RCAF fighter squadron getting ready to take off, Netherlands, April 2nd, 1945.


Algonquin Regiment moving forward near the Hochwald Forest, Udem, Germany, March 1st, 1945.


Repatriation of Canadian troops - scene on the aft deck as the tender left the pier, Greenock, Scotland, June 1945.


A "Wren" - a member of the WRCNS - operating Direction Finding equipment at HMCS Coverdale station near Moncton, New Brunswick, August 1945.


Ex-servicewomen learning manicure techniques during a retraining course on beauty parlour operation at the Robertson Hairdressing School, Toronto, April 1945. Left to right: Elaine Allard, Mrs. Robertson (instructor), Marge Gallaway, Norma Peters, May Lacey, Dolores Michaud, and Eileen Dixon.


Demobilized army personnel awaiting interviews with rehabilitation counsellors, Toronto. Left to right: Privates E. Robinson, D. Owens, Trooper J.A. Lenartowicz, and Sergeant E.J. O’Keefe.