‘Deep Map’: 100th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres

This week marks the 100th Anniversary of what Canadians know as the Second Battle of Ypres. On the afternoon of 22 April 1915, the forward elements of 1st  Canadian Division were still preparing their shallow trenches in the farmland just north of Ypres, Belgium. At 5:00 PM, reports began of a greenish yellow cloud drifting […]

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 […]

Newly Digitized Item In The Ronnie Shephard Fonds

By Matt Baker “A detailed study of the actual effects of Naval and Army Fire and R.A.F. bombing on the beachies in the Assault phase of “Overlord.”” / COHQ Special Observer Party In the days following the D-Day landings, British military officials dispatched observers to the Normandy beaches in order to assess the effectiveness of […]

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 […]

Coming Soon to the LMH Archive: The No Price Too High Collection (Part 1) by Luc Boisvert

In response to the 1992 television documentary series The Valour and the Horror, in 1994 a group of individuals gathered together to assemble various primary documents, papers, letters and information on Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. Their goal was to create a competing documentary, one which highlighted the importance of Canada’s role in […]

(Updated!) Welcome to the Laurier Military History Archive!

The Laurier Military History Archive – www.lmharchive.ca – is a project that was initiated in the Summer of 2013 by the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario). It offers the public previously unavailable access to a variety of digitized materials from LCMSDS’ archival holdings, and will […]