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Canadian Military History Online Resource

A message from Military Bruce:

Thank you to all the people who visit my site and write to me.  I really appreciate your stories of relatives who served, along with the additions and corrections that you provide me with to correct and update my base histories.  While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the base histories posted on this web site, I am unfortunately sometimes at the mercy of the source material.  If you spot any errors or have any additional information to add, please feel free to contact me and I will make the changes.

***However, please keep in mind that my knowledge is primarily confined to the bases to which our service members served, along with a few specialty articles on certain notable people in Canadian military history.  I do not have information on individuals, their service records or units that they served with during the war years or post-war years.  You might want to contact the National Archives or if their unit, squadron or regiment still exists, you might want to contact them too.***

Regarding bases/stations that are not featured, it is due to either I haven’t had time to add them to the web site or, if it was a small military establishment, perhaps I have never heard of it.  Please feel free to provide me with information.

Although these books are a little dated now, for more detailed histories of some of Canada’s abandoned military bases, track down copies of “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontario”, “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume II: Quebec” and “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic“, all written by Paul Ozorak.  These books are excellent resources.

Update from Paul Ozorak:  Paul contacted me and told me that Volume 4 of his Abandoned Military Installations of Canada book series should be released by 2020.  Make sure you pick up a copy when it’s released.

This web site, in one form or another, has been on the internet since 1998.  It started on the now-defunct Geocities.com web site and transformed into what you see today in 2009.  I thank all of you for your support and the information and photos that you provide, especially those who make corrections to my material and otherwise provide valuable information to help maintain the accuracy of this web site.

The ultimate goal of this web site has always been to provide a comprehensive resource for future researchers and historians.  The histories of the former Canadian military bases featured on my web site are, for the most part, pretty basic and are meant only to provide a starting point for anyone who wishes to write a more detailed history of specific Canadian military bases.

I was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Canada 150 – John Graves Simcoe Medal for Excellence in 2017 for various volunteer activities, including this web site. I wish to thank those who nominated me for the medals.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER:  All photos taken by me have been credited as such.  Where applicable, I have credited the source of photos that have been borrowed from other web sites and publications.  Where unknown, I have posted it as such.  If you hold the rights to any of the photos that appear on this web site and you wish them to be properly credited or removed, please contact me .

The photo on the top banner was taken by Corporal Wright at RCAF Station Moose Jaw in 1963.  Used with permission of Libraries and Archives Canada.

Thank you very much to all my readers.

Leading Seaman (Ret’d) Bruce Forsyth, CD
Royal Canadian Naval Reserve

 

This web site was last updated on 12 November 2018.

All original writings copyrighted by Bruce Forsyth (1998-2018).

 

 

Recommended web sites:

The Grey & Simcoe Foresters regimental site – www.thegreyandsimcoeforesters.org

The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Museum – https://greysimcoeforesters.wordpress.com

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry – www.rhli.ca

Secrets of Radar Museum – www.secretsofradar.com

Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence – www.aerospacedefence.ca

The Vimy foundation – www.vimyfoundation.ca

The Royal Canadian Military Institute – www.rcmi.org

A Royal Canadian Navy tribute site – www.forposterityssake.ca

Radio Comms and SIG INT in the RCN – http://www.jproc.ca/rrp

Tour of an abandoned ICBM missile complex – http://triggur.org/silo

You can go on a real tour of a former ICBM base if visiting the Tuscon, Arizona area – http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org


The Pinetree Line web site (archived site) – http://www.c-and-e-museum.org/Pinetreeline/homepage.html

or at https://web.archive.org/web/20060205125230/http://www.pinetreeline.org/locations.html

DEW Line web site – www.lswilson.dewlineadventures.com

Other resources:

On 9 September 2017, author Graham MacLachlan published a book on a family relative, J.P. Bickell, who personally financially founded A..V. Roe Canada and was the Chairman from inception until his death on 22 August 1951. The book includes information on his involvement with Sir Roy Dobson, etc. Published by Dundurn Press.

 

Recommended media web sites:

www.therebel.media

www.infowars.com

www.torontosun..com

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