Canadian Armed Forces


This section is devoted to our Armed Forces and Emergency Services. They all contributed and still do contribute a great deal to Canada and Canadians. We will mostly provide information from antiquarian resources but we'd love to hear from any of our visitors who can contribute text, pictures or videos to the site. We have made use of many of the free and out of copyright resources in pdf format to help bring you their story. Where we provide a pdf publication we'll add "pdf" to the link description so you know it's a pdf file you'll be linking to.

Life in the Canadian Armed Forces

Tracing back the Lineage of the Black Watch (RHC) To 1831
The Seaforth Highlanders in Canada
By W. Neil Fraser
Over the Top with the 25th
Chronicle of events at Vimy Ridge and Courcellette by Lieut. R. Lewis M.M.
The Royal North-West Mounted Police
A Corps History by Captain Ernest J Chambers
Corporal Cameron of the North West Mounted Police
A Tale of the MacLeod Trail By Ralph Connor
The Living Legend
The Story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Alan Phillips
Trooper and Redskin In the Far North-West
Recollections of Life in the North-West Mounted Police, Canada, 1884 - 1888 by John G. Donkin

On the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander of the Canadian Navy, discusses the state of Canada's maritime force.

The 48th Highlanders of Toronto
By Alexander Fraser, M.A. (1900)
Gathering of the Clans
Canada's contribution to the First World War
The Scottish Military Tradition in Canada
George F.G. Stanley
Canada's Black Watch 1951 - 1970
By Simon Falconer (pdf)
The 5th regiment: Royal Scots of Canada Highlanders
A regimental history (1904) (pdf)

The 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada 1914 - 1919
By R. C. Fetherstonhaugh. (1925) (pdf)
History of the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (1920) by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C. (pdf)
The Origin and Official History of the Thirteenth Battalion of infantry
And a description of the work of the early militia of the Niagara Peninsula in the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837 by Lieutenant-Colonel E. A. Cruickshank. (pdf)
The Story of the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Engineers (R. C. E.)
1940 - 1945. (pdf)
Historical Album of the 2nd Battalion of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
1856 - 1894 (pdf)

Life in Canada's Air Force

The 5th Regiment Royal Scots of Canada Highlanders
A Regimental History (pdf)
The 60th C. F. A. Battery Book
1916 - 1919 (pdf)
The 116th C. E. F. Battalion in France (pdf)
Aviation in Canada
1917-1918 (pdf)
The Governor General's Body Guard in Canada
By Captain Ernest J. Chambers (pdf)
The Canadian Militia
A History of the Origin and Development of the Force by Captain Ernest J. Chambers (pdf)
History of the 10th Royals
And of the Royal Grenadiers (pdf)
Historical Sketch of the 100th Prince of Wales Royal Canadian Regiment
By Mrs Thomas Ahearn (1900) (pdf)
The Duke of Carnwall's Own Rifles
A Regimental History of the Forty-Third Regiment (pdf)
The Eighty-Fifth Canadian Infantry Battalion
Nova Scotia Highlanders in France and Flanders (pdf)
Historical Record of the 76th Overseas Battalion
Of the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1915 - 1916 (pdf)
The Medical Services
By Sir Andrew MacPhail (pdf)
The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
1914 - 1919 By Captain S. G. Bennett (pdf)
The Naval Service of Canada
Its Official History in two volumes (pdf) Volume 1  |  Volume 2

Historical Records of the New Brunswick Regiment Canadian Artillery
Compiled by Captain John B. M. Baxter (pdf)

Canadian Forces - Life in Canada's Army

The Origin and Services of the 3rd (Montreal) Field Battery of Artillery
By Captain Ernest J. Chambers (pdf)
The Origin and Services of the Prince of Wales Regiment
Including a brief history of the Militia of French Canada and of the Canadian Militia By Captain Ernest J. Chambers (pdf)
History of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
By Captain Ernest J. Chambers (pdf)
Stretcher Bearers at the Double
By Frederick W. Noyes (pdf)
Their Glory Cannot Fade
A Tribute to the Canadian Army Serving Overseas (pdf)
History of the 12th Regiment York Rangers
By Captain A. T. Hunter (pdf)
With the Royal Canadians
By Stanley McKeown Brown, War Correspondent (pdf)
The Canadian "Emma Gees"
A History of the Canadian Machine Gun Corp (pdf)
The Canadian Forestry Corps
By C. W. Bird and Lieut. J. B. Davies (pdf)
Canadians in the Imperial Navy and Military Service Abroad
By J. Hampden Burnham M.A. (pdf)
Canada at War
A record of heroism and achievement, 1914-1918 by J. Castell Hopkins (pdf)
Kings Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Militia
This is a very rare book that is fundamental to researchers studying the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War (World War One, WWI). Adapted from the British King's Regulations and Orders, this is the legal document that set the stage for the development of Canadian Militia Units at the start fo the Great War. (pdf)

Putting us Brits to Shame, Take a lesson from the Canadians

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group
Vimy Diaries (pdf) with links to the actual diaries.
The War of 1812
This is a Government of Canada site with some excellent information.
The Essex and Kent Scottish
The regimental family.
Canadian Armed Forces
A collection of videos on many aspects of an career in the armed forces.
The Last Post
The story.

Desert Lions delivers a gritty, candid view of Canadian army mentors working to professionalize the Afghan National Army during the summer of 2010.

Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon
A collection of videos.
Canada and the Great War
A series of Videos exploring the role Canada played in the Great War.
Royal Canadian Navy
A WW2 personal documentary by Gilbert O S Davis
Canadian Rangers
The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserve. They provide patrols and detachments for national-security and public-safety missions in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada that can not conveniently or economically be covered by other parts of the CAF.
The Irish-Canadian Rangers
This is a pdf version of this book.
Citizen Lauder
Being an account of the day when Harry Lauder, guest and speaker before the Rotary Club of Toronto, sold nearly three-quarters of a million dollars worth of Bonds for Canada's victory Loan. (pdf)
History of the York Rangers
By Captain A. T. Hunter (1913)
MacKENZIE, Sapper NORMAN JOHN - Port Rowan
Got in some information on this person.
Canada’s Part in the Great War
By Col. Geo. G. Nasmith, C. M. G., Toronto

The Deadly Canadian Special Forces

Canada Day service at Shorncliffe military cemetery, Folkestone
This is a YouTube video giving us some information on this service and Canadian connections with the area in England.
Voyage and Journey from Southampton to Montreal
During the Winter of 1861-2.
Best of Luck
How a Fighting Canadian won the thanks of Britain's King by Alexander McClintock, Late Sergeant, 87th Battalion, Canadian Grenadier Guards, Now member of U. S. A. Reserve Corps (1917) (pdf)
Secret Intelligence Activities at Camp X

Canada and the Korea War
A video history
Waging Peace: Canada in Afghanistan
An hour long video

Secret Warriors - Canadian Special Operations Regiment

General Currie’s First Stand – The Capture of Hill 70
By Richard Laughton (pdf)
Canada's Hundred Days
With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, Aug. 8 - Nov. 11, 1918. By J. F. B. Livesay (1919) (pdf)
The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945

RCAF Squadron during WWII
416 Lynx Squadron 1942-1945 with my father’s reminiscences by Larry Ruickbie
For King and Country
A series of videos about Canadian who gave their life in Word War II
The Maple-Leaf Red Cross
The War Story of the Canadian Red Cross Overseas
By Mary MacLeod Moore (pdf)
The Soldier and the Surgeon
By Surgeon Lt.-Col. G. Sterling Ryerson, M.D.
Mounted Police Life in Canada
A Record of Thirty-one Years Service by Captain R. Burton Deane (1916) (pdf)
Forbes, John
General
The Military Institute of Windsor
Communique - their July-August 2016 newsletter (pdf)
MacDougall, Sir Patrick Leonard
Creator of the Canadian Army


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