Base and Unit Newspapers

Christmas Update

A Christmas newpaper to keep the troops stationed in Aldershot, Nova Scotia informed about the events going on around the base.

Another day at Ipperwash

Part II Orders dealt with personnel matters - appointments, hospitalizations, leaves, absences, courts martial, and any other change in status involving an individual in camp.

View PDF: A29 CITC.pdf

Hockey dominates the news pages

The newspaper of HMCS York, billed as "Canada's No. 1 Navy Weekly", was dominated by sports news, with war bulletins and political news items thrown in for good measure.

View PDF: Yorker.pdf

From Montreal to the Western Front

The formal group portrait was a ritual of service during the First World War. This draft of artillerymen, destined to reinforce units at the front, includes a number of men who appear far too young, and perhaps under the height restrictions, for military service.

Training airmen in BC

Patricia Bay was the wartime home of the Royal Air Force's 32 Operational Training Unit, which trained airmen from Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, an RCAF training unit, and a seaplane base. "The Patrician" was the publication of the RAF community.

View PDF: Patrician.pdf

Welcome to Carberry

During the Second World War, Carberry, Manitoba, hosted a Service Flying Training School of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. This book was published to introduce incoming students to the town and its people, and to recognize their contribution to the Allied war effort.

Inside an artillery battery

Like most First World War unit publications, this magazine combined cartoons, jokes, amusing stories, and battery news. A regular feature was "Things We Would Like to Know", which included the question "Why is it we're always on the move? Can't we pay the rent?"

View PDF: OPip Xmas.pdf

News for signallers

Printed after the end of the Second World War in Europe, this issue covered demobilization policy, sports news, entertainment, and an exhortation to vote in the 1945 federal election.

View PDF: Link.pdf

News for the Nova Scotia Highlanders

"The Thistle," published by Nova Scotia's 85th Battalion, provided a mixture of battalion news, humour, and advertisements directed at soldiers.

View PDF: Thistle.pdf

RCAF Training Review

This newspaper, published on the authority of the Air Member for Training, circulated to training schools and reported on flying, navigation, aircraft, meteorology, armament, and radio developments.

Clerks at war

This in-house newsletter, printed at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, highlights a different war experience: that of the clerks who managed the avalanche of paperwork that was necessary to make a modern army function.

Pusser Post

The "Pusser Post" was the provisional newspaper of HMCS Peregrine - "pusser" is navy slang for a ship's purser, or supply officer. The paper was compiled from contributions by the ship's personnel.

View PDF: Pusser Post.pdf

For new recruits at Camp Borden

This little guide included everything a new recruit needed to know about Camp Borden, from the local bus service to where to find a good game of chess.

View PDF: Camp Borden.pdf

King George and Queen Mary’s Club

This leaflet was distributed as an introduction a London rest club for the Empire’s soldiers during the First World War.