Kyle Scott: The medals man

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Kyle Scott: The medals man

Kyle Scott: The medals man

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Don Fraser was one of the many Saskatchewan boys who served in the wartime navy, spending more than two years sailing the treacherous North Atlantic and Arctic waters between 1943 and 1945.

He is believed to have been among the crew aboard the cruiser HMS Belfast during the spring 1944 attack on the German battleship Tirpitz. He was a rare example of a sailor who set foot on the D-Day beaches, helping to retrieve wounded soldiers. He was in the convoys that sailed to Murmansk delivering war materiel from Halifax and New York to Soviet Russia.


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Convoy duty aboard HMCS Port Arthur
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All for one: how unification shook up the military

Story by Sharon Adams

In the 1960s, federal politicians were concerned that spending by some departments was out of control. Cost-cutting began, and the gaze of the bean counters fell on the sector accounting for about a quarter of the federal budget: national defence.

The army, navy and air force each had their own administrative and support structures, and the politicians believed they could cut costs and inefficiency of triplification by integrating the services. And in the run-up to Canada’s centennial year, with growing desire for a distinct national identity, some believed going the extra step—unifying the services—would serve another goal: Canadianization.


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This week in history

February 2, 1942

The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the RCAF Women’s Division.


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