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Ypres. Passchendaele. These First World War Belgian battlefields may be far from Canada, yet they have become part of our collective memory. The Canadian War Museum’s new exhibition, Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory vividly illustrates how Canadian soldiers in Belgium adapted to the war’s terrible battlefield conditions — including poison gas.
Faced with the threat of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War, how did Canadians respond? Half-heartedly and haphazardly, and with a general sense of indifference. That’s the conclusion in Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence, written by historian Andrew Burtch, winner of this year’s C.P. Stacey Award.
“The First World War,” says historian Tim Cook, “forced Canada to grow up.” More than 620,000 Canadians served, and more than 66,000 died, fighting in appalling conditions. But our victories at Vimy Ridge and elsewhere showed Canadians, and the world, what we could do. The war set the former colony on the path to true nationhood.
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Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8