Red Army Guards aboard HMCS Thiepval
Two Soviet soldiers on the deck of HMCS Thiepval, the first Canadian warship to visit the Soviet Union.
Despite the Canadian government's diplomatic efforts, Thiepval was greeted with suspicion by Soviet officials in Kamchatka, and the local governor insisted on two soldiers sailing with the ship to Petropavlovsk. Only five years before, Canada's military had been part of an international military intervention against the Bolshevik Revolution, a war that ultimately created the Soviet Union.
George Metcalf Archival Collection