Souvenir Publications

The democracy of death

Established in 1922, the Regina Soldiers Cemetery held the remains of over 300 men and women - guarded by two German field guns captured in battle.

French Canadians in battle

At the end of the Second World War, a Canadian brewery published this collection of illustrations, as a tribute to French Canada's soldiers and the battles they fought: Beauvoir Farm, Casa Berardi, Bernières-sur-mer, Hill 195, Dieppe, Etavaux, Inchville, the Normandy landings, Nieuwvliet, San Martino, and Termoli.

For Freedom and the Right

Information about all of the allied countries from WWI, including demographic facts, flags, national anthems, famous generals, military awards, and important events of the war.

Programme for the Coronation of George VI

Though not directly related to the Second World War, this official souvenir programme for the coronation of George VI is a fascinating and detailed examination of this event, celebrated throughout the British Commonwealth. George VI would reign as sovereign of the United Kingdom, and also as King of Canada, throughout the Second World War. He died in 1952. (Note: this is a large file and may take a moment to download.)

Halifax in Wartime 1943

This collection of drawings by Robert W. Chambers was published by The Halifax Mail to permanently show life in Halifax during wartime.

Au Service de Son Pays

This colourful scroll was available in both French and English, and could be personalized (following the suggestions on the back) by adding the details of an individual's service career.

A conscript's souvenir

Despite the inscription that suggests he enlisted voluntarily, Percy Norris of Sprague, Manitoba, was actually conscripted in May 1918. The fact that he later ordered this souvenir scroll suggests that he was not a reluctant conscript.

Montreal newspapers look back at the First World War

To mark its first half-century, the Montreal "Star" produced this booklet relating the newspaper's history, but devoting most of its space to the First World War - flags of the Allied nations, awards and decorations, important dates, and photographs of leading Allied generals.

View PDF: Fifty Years.pdf

A souvenir of the Great War

This souvenir scroll, produced in 1919, featured portraits of the three commanders of the Canadian Corps and a short summary of the important campaigns of the war.

Canada's Part in the War

This booklet, the third edition of an original work published by the Director of Public Information in 1919, presents an overview of Canada's participation in the Great War.

Canada's Part in the Great War

This booklet, published by the Director of Public Information in 1919, presents an overview of Canada's participation in the Great War.

Canada in the Great War

This booklet, a re-publication of pieces appearing in two issues of Maclean's magazine, contains a chronicle of Canadian accomplishments during the First World War, as recounted by Major George A. Drew.

Heroes of Yesterday and Today

This booklet commemorates military heroes of the Second World War by using a comparison to the historic French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

View PDF: Héros

Anniversary of the Battle of Courcelette

The battle at Courcelette was part of the larger Somme offensive during the First World War. The battle was launched on the 15th of September in 1916, and marked the debut of the Canadian and New Zealand troops in the battle of the Somme. This publication was released during the Second World War to mark the 25th anniversary of the Canadians at Courcelette.

A family shows its pride

Leonard Brooks enlisted in the 34th Battalion in Galt, Ontario; after he was wounded in the Ypres Salient in June 1916, his family produced this postcard to show their pride.

Tribute to a soldier

After George Yates was killed in action while serving on the Western Front with the 20th Battalion, his grieving family in Toronto produced this booklet as a tribute to his life.

View PDF: Yates.pdf

Memorial Gates presentation at RCAF Trenton

The Memorial Gates at Trenton, Ontario, commemorating Canada's participation in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, were presented on 30 September 1949.

View PDF: BCATP.pdf

A corporate service roll

After the Second World War, this wholesale and retail dry goods firm published a booklet to recognize staff members who had served in uniform.

View PDF: Mackay Tribute.pdf

The Kangaroos in battle

The 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, nicknamed the Kangaroos because its vehicles were intended to carry infantrymen, published this history of its participation in the campaign in north-west Europe after the Second World War, when the unit was stationed in the Netherlands.

View PDF: Kangaroos.pdf

The truth about American involvement

This pamphlet, originally published as a magazine article in 1928, was reprinted as a booklet in response to huge public demand for copies.