Free labour spawns sabotage in Nazi factories

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
Stephen J thorne

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Free labour spawns sabotage in Nazi factories


The crew of U-94, a Type-VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine, were a happy bunch as they motored to port in mid-October 1941.

They had all but completed their sixth war patrol, their first under Kapitänleutnant Otto Ites, and they believed they had sunk four or five ships, all stragglers, in the notorious North Atlantic waters southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland.

The record would attribute the sub with one kill but, no matter: no convoys had been sighted and U-94 was never attacked. To top it off, their boat was going in for an extended refit at Stettin on the Baltic, now the Polish city of Szczecin.


Battle of the St. Lawrence: U-boats Attack
Military Milestones

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Prince of Death: Canada’s Indigenous war hero


Tommy Prince, the most decorated Indigenous soldier of the Second World War, entered this world humbly, born in a tent in Petersfield, Man., and raised, one of 11 children, on the Brokenhead Reserve (now the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation) northeast of Winnipeg.

Among Tommy Prince’s ancestors are revered Indigenous leaders. His great-great-grandfather, Salteaux Chief Peguis, led 200 Ojibwa from the Sault Ste. Marie region (now in Ontario), to Manitoba’s Red River area in 1790s, following the fur trade. He was one of five chiefs to sign the Selkirk Treaty, the first between the Crown and western Indigenous Peoples. And Peguis’ son, Henry Prince (Mis-Koo-Kinew) signed Treaty 1 in 1871.


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