Second World War

Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Auschwitz - Birkenau Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Film icon Schwarzenegger visited the site of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz on Wednesday to send a message against hatred. The “Terminator” actor was given a tour of the site, viewing the barracks watchtowers and the remains of gas chambers that endure as evidence of the German extermination of Jews, Roma and others during World War II. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)

Poland demands $1.3 trillion in war damages from Germany

Warsaw says reparations would close painful chapters, Germany says were closed decades ago

 

A model of a Spitfire plane Pierce George Brewster flew in the Second World War was unveiled at the Vancouver Island Military Museum on Thursday, Aug. 18. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Military museum recognizes Duncan veteran’s service in Second World War

Vancouver Island Military Museum expands Spitfire display

 

Members of the Royal Canadian Medical Corps evacuate Allied soldiers from the beach after the Dieppe, France, raid during the Second World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian veterans in France to mark 80th anniversary of disastrous Dieppe Raid

80 years ago today, more than 5,000 Canadian soldiers were sent onto the beaches

Members of the Royal Canadian Medical Corps evacuate Allied soldiers from the beach after the Dieppe, France, raid during the Second World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Personnel landing craft draw away from a motor torpedo boat to start their run-in to the beaches during the raid on Dieppe, France, on August 19, 1942. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada, PA-113247

80 years after Dieppe, postcards share stories of soldiers who died in deadly raid

Known as Operation Jubilee, the Aug. 19, 1942 raid was Canada’s first major combat with the Nazis

Personnel landing craft draw away from a motor torpedo boat to start their run-in to the beaches during the raid on Dieppe, France, on August 19, 1942. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada, PA-113247
Betty James, president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 53, lays a wreath at the Duncan Cenotaph on Aug. 15 in a ceremony to commemorate those lost during the Burma Campaign in the Second World War. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Ceremony held in Duncan to commemorate Burma Campaign

Soldiers who fought in campaign known as the “Forgotten Army”

  • Aug 16, 2022
Betty James, president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 53, lays a wreath at the Duncan Cenotaph on Aug. 15 in a ceremony to commemorate those lost during the Burma Campaign in the Second World War. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
In this Wednesday, June 22, 2022, image provided by Caladan Oceanic, the three-tube torpedo launcher that was part of the USS Samuel B. Roberts can be seen underwater off the Philippines in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. (Caladan Oceanic via AP)

Explorers find WWII Navy ship, deepest wreck discovered

‘Sammy B’ broken into 2 pieces on a slope at a depth of 6,985 metres

In this Wednesday, June 22, 2022, image provided by Caladan Oceanic, the three-tube torpedo launcher that was part of the USS Samuel B. Roberts can be seen underwater off the Philippines in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. (Caladan Oceanic via AP)
RCMP Corp. Amadeo Vecchio (left) returns World War documents and medals to Michael Wintermute. The items belonged to his father and grandfather. (Photo Brittany Webster)

World War discharge certificate and medals come home to owner

Items were stolen from a home in fall 2021 but the theft was not reported to police

RCMP Corp. Amadeo Vecchio (left) returns World War documents and medals to Michael Wintermute. The items belonged to his father and grandfather. (Photo Brittany Webster)
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard

World War II flying ace Stocky Edwards laid to rest in Courtenay

“He was a hero when we needed heroes.”

Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
A smiling Stocky at a February ceremony near the Lazo Marsh to honour his birthday, his service to Canada, and his lifelong contributions to nature, conservation and Ducks Unlimited Canada. A large cairn was unveiled. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Legendary Vancouver Island war hero pilot dies at age 100

Western Desert Campaign ace James (Stocky) Edwards remembered as a gentleman, and an icon

A smiling Stocky at a February ceremony near the Lazo Marsh to honour his birthday, his service to Canada, and his lifelong contributions to nature, conservation and Ducks Unlimited Canada. A large cairn was unveiled. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy return a birthday cake to Meri Mion, center, in Vicenza, northern Italy, Thursday, April 28, 2022, to replace the one U.S. soldiers ate as they entered her hometown during one of the final battles of World War II. Meri Mion, who turns 90 on Friday, wiped away tears as she was presented with the cake. Mion was a 13-year-old when Americans came to her nearby village, San Pietro in Gù. (Laura Krieder, U.S. Army via AP)

US Army ‘returns’ cake to Italian woman for 90th birthday

U.S. soldiers return cake that disappeared 77 years ago during Second World War

Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Italy return a birthday cake to Meri Mion, center, in Vicenza, northern Italy, Thursday, April 28, 2022, to replace the one U.S. soldiers ate as they entered her hometown during one of the final battles of World War II. Meri Mion, who turns 90 on Friday, wiped away tears as she was presented with the cake. Mion was a 13-year-old when Americans came to her nearby village, San Pietro in Gù. (Laura Krieder, U.S. Army via AP)
Ronald Leopold, executive director Anne Frank House, gestures as he talks next to the passage to the secret annex during an interview in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. A cold case team that combed through evidence for five years may have solved one of World War II’s enduring mysteries: Who betrayed Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank and her family? Their answer, outlined in a new book, is that it most likely was a Jewish lawyer called Arnold van den Bergh. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Cold case team shines new light on betrayal of Anne Frank

Investigation reveals teen’s family may have been betrayed by man trying to save own family

Ronald Leopold, executive director Anne Frank House, gestures as he talks next to the passage to the secret annex during an interview in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. A cold case team that combed through evidence for five years may have solved one of World War II’s enduring mysteries: Who betrayed Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank and her family? Their answer, outlined in a new book, is that it most likely was a Jewish lawyer called Arnold van den Bergh. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A hanger on the site of a Second World War airfield that was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is seen near Claresholm, Alta., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The plan was a major program for Allied aircrews. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A hanger on the site of a Second World War airfield that was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is seen near Claresholm, Alta., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The plan was a major program for Allied aircrews. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh