Waterloo at War

The Waterloo at War website is an online portal to the past. There you will find archival records, photographs, and written documents pertaining to Waterloo County, Ontario and the 118th Overseas Battalion, one of the local units raised during the First World War. The website is a collaborative effort between the Mennonite Archive of Ontario, University of […]

The Air Photo Finding Aid

  The Second World War Canadian Army Air Photo Collection can be searched using keywords as well as dates. Previously, the photos were only searchable by location, and one of the most frequent requests we received was for a search format which allowed for dates. For example, if you would like to search for images of […]

Desertion in the 118th Battalion

The Laurier Military History Archive holds the original papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Merton Overton Lochead, Commanding Officer of the 118th (North Waterloo) Overseas Battalion. This battalion was comprised primarily of Canadians of German descent and suffered from a high level of desertion during its year in Canada. Our collection documents the establishment, recruiting and […]

Experience D-Day through the LMH Archive’s Collection Of War Diaries

By Jesse MacLeod In honour of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, this week’s post will highlight our digitized collection of official war diaries from that campaign. On June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France began as men and materiel landed on the beaches of the Normandy coast. What […]

Newly Identified Air Photos!

By Jesse MacLeod Recently, we were contacted by a research associate of LCMSDS, Evert Stieber, who lives in the Netherlands. He has been looking at the large number of geographically-unidentified aerial reconnaissance photos from the Second World War. Evert provided us with a long and detailed list of boxes and photos which he felt he […]

Newly Discovered Air Photos Coming to the LMH Archive!

By Jesse MacLeod Through the process of digitizing and publishing over 130,000 aerial photographs from the Second World War, it was inevitable that not everything would be absolutely perfect and something would go wrong. Fortunately, due to the tireless efforts of our employees and volunteers, the project was completed without any major problems hindering its […]

Library & Archives Canada (LAC) WW1 Digitization Project

by Jesse MacLeod In honour of Vimy Day, this week’s post will highlight an important initiative on the part of our national archival institution, Library & Archives Canada (LAC). As a major component of the First World War centennial commemorations, LAC will be digitizing all of their Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) personnel files. The aim […]

The National Archives (UK) “Operation War Diary” Initiative

By Jesse MacLeod Related to our previous post about the recent uploading of newly digitized material, this week’s blog post will discuss a new initiative on the part of The National Archives in the UK (TNA). “Operation War Diary” (OWD) is a crowd-sourcing initiative intended to enrich available information about the war diaries of the […]

Adopt-a-Soldier With The Kitchener Public Library

By Jesse MacLeod A recent post gave attention to an initiative in the UK relating to the centennial commemorations of the First World War. Subsequent posts will also deal with similar British initiatives, but this week we want to focus on something at the local level. The Kitchener Public Library (KPL) has launched a crowd-sourcing […]

The National Archives (UK) First World War Unit Diaries Online

By Jesse MacLeod The National Archives (TNA) in the United Kingdom (UK) have made their second batch of war diaries from the First World War available for download as of today. For a nominal fee, you can now download high quality PDF files containing the war diaries for every unit in the British 9th-33rd Infantry […]