Fighting

Do You Want to Return Home Safe?

This leaflet advises Allied soldiers in Normandy to surrender, because they can expect pleasant treatment while imprisoned in Germany.

Life or Death?

Allied soldiers who surrendered to German troops in Normandy could send a radio message home to their families - or so this leaflet promised.

When You Left Your Wife

"These Germans are damned good soldiers" - so this propaganda leaflet advised Allied soldiers to write home right away, for they might not live to have another chance.

It's a Nigth-Mare!

Mary has been waiting for her husband Charlie to come home from the war, but in reality he has been torn to shreds by a shell - a cautionary tale in a German propaganda leaflet distributed to the Allied invasion forces in Normandy, one that was obviously not intended to teach spelling.

Run the Blockade of Death

This leaflet informed Allied soldiers of the casualties in the war against Germany, to encourage them to change sides.

This certificate shows that Sergeant W. Hardy is officially a Sergeant as of June 23, 1915

Your New Sergeant

This certificate indicates that William Hardy, a carpenter from Toronto, officially qualified as a Sergeant on 23 June 1915.

This PASS shows the name and date of when the soldier can enter the exhibition grounds

Visiting the Exhibition grounds

This pass was given to a civilian to allow entrance to Toronto's Exhibition grounds, perhaps to visit a soldier or to watch training in progress.

"In the interests of recruiting"

The young men of Pictou County, Nova Scotia, could find a wealth of information about enlistment in this weekly pamphlet - whether they were interested in the Royal Flying Corps, the tunnelling corps, the engineers, the transport services, or the 106th Regiment Nova Scotia Rifles.

Bring your friends and enlist

When voluntarism slowed down in late 1915, units resorted to many tactics - including direct mail campaigns like this one - to attract potential recruits.

Calling Francophones

Selling the First World War to French Canada was a challenge but this booklet, published as a recruiting tool, attempted to make the case in favour of participation.

Christmas Update

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

Conscription comes to Canada, 1917

This handbill, intended to be widely distributed and posted in public buildings, provided instructions for unmarried men between the ages of 20 and 34 to report for service or lodge a claim for exemption.

To the voters of New Brunswick

The New Brunswick provincial election of 20 November 1939 saw Alison Dysart's Liberals returned to power, after the premier pledged in a letter to voters to stay the course as the country went to war.

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

The Battle of Britain

The air battle over Britain in the summer of 1940 generated enormous public interest in Canada - in part because of skillful propaganda produced by Britain's Air Ministry.

Militia Orders 1917

Promulgated in Ottawa, the Militia Orders covered a wide range of subjects, including appointments and postings, stores and clothing, certificates gained by militia officers, administrative staffs, and cadet services.

Militia Orders 1914

Promulgated in Ottawa, the Militia Orders covered a wide range of subjects, including appointments and postings, stores and clothing, certificates gained by militia officers, administrative staffs, and cadet services.

National registration comes to Canada

According to the 1940 legislation, everyone over the age of 16 was compelled to register with the federal government, giving their personal information and employment history, to provide an inventory of the available skills that might be mobilized for the war effort.

Officer-like Qualities

The object of this manual was to give the inexperienced Temporary Officer a sense of the qualities - knowledge, loyalty, firmness, fairness - at which he should aim.

View PDF: OLQ.pdf

The application of infantry fire-power

This mid-Second World War manual reminded soldiers of the requirements for effective infantry fire, including accuracy, fire discipline, and the ability to judge distance.

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