WAR MUSEUM CONFERENCE – SEE YOU THERE 17 – 19 JAN

Thursday, January 17 to Saturday, January 19, 2019 Join world-renowned historians to explore different aspects of the First World War and its many legacies: the return of Indigenous veterans, the conflict’s impact on French Canada, the contributions of nurses, the challenges of forging peace from the ashes of war, and much more. Scholars and history buffs won’t want to miss this bilingual academic conference, organized by the Canadian War Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Victory 1918 – The Last 100 Days and in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the conflict. Speakers include international and Canadian experts like Michael Neiberg, Catriona Pennell, J. L. Granatstein, David Bercuson, Tim Cook, and Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919.

Details from the Canadian War Museum Site

Fees and BookingFull conference: $175; $125 for students, seniors and members. One-day registration: $100, $75 for students, seniors and members. Register before Thursday, January 10. Tickets are available online.

Glenn will be taking attendance 🙂

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Tim Cook and The Secret History of Soldiers

Canadian military historian Tim Cook spoke at the Dec. 15, 2018 branch meeting about his latest book, The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War. He also shared his plans for a new book on the Second World War, due out in May 2020. Thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43, Oshawa for hosting this event in Alfie’s Lounge.

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Andy Robertshaw on how we view the Great War

COBWFA favourite Andy Robertshaw made another visit to our branch and talked about looking at the war from the perspective of the time and what it meant to those who fought. He also described his latest project: turning the Hawthorn Crater into a new interpretive site with minimal disruption to the property that won the cooperation its multiple owners.

Andy spoke at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury Oct. 21, 2018.

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Where were you on Remembrance Day 2018?

Our next issue of The Maple Leaf is being expanded to include as much great coverage of member activities on November 11, 2018 as we can. It will be the final issue of our Centenary series, so let’s make it a great one!

Don’t forget to forward any photos and/or stories to Managing Editor David Fuller right away. We are already in production and looking to publish early in the New Year.

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Tim Cook returns to COBWFA Dec. 15

Canada’s award-winning war historian Tim Cook makes a return to the Central Ontario Branch, WFA, to talk about his latest book, The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War. Continue reading

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Ted Barris tells the Canadian side of the Dam Busters raid

Author Ted Barris was our guest speaker on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury in Oshawa. Here is a short interview with him, talking about his latest book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. There were 3o Canadians on the 19 crews who went out to attack the critical dams in the industrial heartland of Germany, 14 did not return.

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Last chance to make it into the final Centenary edition!

We are just about to close the special final Centenary issue of The Maple Leaf with coverage of branch activities around Remembrance Day 2018. We still have some room for photos of any local events you attended, but time is running out – Send them in today! Continue reading

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New Maple Leaf is out now

The Fall issue of The Maple Leaf is out this Saturday. Pick up your copy at our September meeting or look for it in the mail soon. Continue reading

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Black Forestry Men of Nova Scotia 2nd Construction Bn Get Memorial in old French Village

CBC – “What they went through had to be absolutely unbelievable”: Canadian black battalion honoured by French town. Continue reading

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The 52 Places Traveler: A Pilgrimage to Ypres

From New York Times

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