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This year, we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. What exactly was it? The name of the battle was actually coined by Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time. After Germany had overrun France, Churchill said, “The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin.” The Battle of Britain, an important battle in World War II, was a struggle between the German Luftwaffe ( commanded by Hermann Goering ) and the British Air Force ( headed by Hugh Dowding’s Fighter Command ). After Germany had conquered most of Europe, including France, the only major country left to fight them was Great Britain. Germany wanted to invade Great Britain, but first they needed to destroy Britain’s Royal Air Force. July 10, 1940, is the day fixed as the beginning of the Battle of Britain. Although there was fierce fighting leading up to that date, “the engagements on that day were of such scope and scale that this was the date chosen for historical purposes. The day was marked by an attack on a British shipping convoy as it entered the Channel near Dover. The attacking force, a large force of Dornier 17 bombers escorted by several fighter squadrons, was opposed by British fighters. As each side was reinforced, a huge dogfight of over 100 airplanes – the largest engagement between two nations up until that time – was joined.” ( Battle of Britain Illustrated ) The battle continued over the next few months. German air strikes did substantial damage to radar sites, but in August, the Luftwaffe abandoned... read more


NEW ACQUISITIONS ~ CANADIANS AT WAR Among the new books we placed on our shelves are a few that focus on Canadians at War.  They cover a variety of experiences and a variety of times in military history. The first is titled The Fighting Canadians.  It tells the story of our men and women at war through their personal experiences.  “I remember an RPG fly9ing) right over my head.  If I hadn’t stepped down in a ditch, it would have hit me in the face.” (Lt. Jeremy Hiltz Medusa, Sept. 3 ,2006) Legacy of Valour is written by Daniel G. Dancocks.  “Passchendaele was one of the most controversial battles of the Great War of 1914 - 1918… In the face of overwhelming odds and a skilful, determined, and confident enemy, Canadian soldiers displayed remarkable courage and endurance in taking Passchendaele ridge from the Germans.” When Your Number’s Up shows a “… more rounded picture of the Canadian soldier’s experience…” in the First World War.  Written by Desmond Morton, it includes chapters on training for war, trench warfare, and prisoners of war among its topics. Award winner Chris Lambie is the author of On Assignment in Afghanistan, Maritimers at War.  This newspaper reporter from Halifax celebrates his fellow Maritimers who served in the Afghan  War.  The photographs by Christian Laforce, another award winner, complement the text.  The book addresses service and sacrifices, and also includes personal stories. Please come in and have a closer look at these and other books we have in our... read more

Bravo Zulu to Air Show Volunteers

Members of 19 Wing, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for all of your hard work and dedication in the preparation for, and execution of, our highly successful Armed Forces Day and Airshow. This past weekend we opened our doors to over 15,000 members of our community and shared with them our pride in what it is that we do every day. None of this would have been possible without the participation of every member on this Wing – whether military or civilian, regular or reserve force. Whatever role you played on the day of the Airshow, it was due to your spirit of teamwork and resourcefulness that we achieved success. I was proud to see 19 Wing truly come together as a team. Thank you for all of your hard work. BZ! Col Tom Dunne, CD Wing Commander, 19 Wing Comox Canadian Armed... read more

Air Show 2015: A Team Success!

The success of the recent Air Show was due to teamwork. Here at the Museum we were tasked to create and operate a souvenir sales tent as well as having our Vampire and vehicles (jeep, trailer and ambulance) on display. As always, the volunteers rallied around the cause. Prior to the show there was much work ordering stock, based on lessons-learned last time. The display had to be designed and built, and then the stock prepared for sale. In B268 the volunteers built the famous Yellow Information Booth. The day before the event the tent was erected and filled with tables. The day of the show the tent was stocked, display installed and then sales commenced. Right in front of the tent the Heritage Maintenance Team made sure our aircraft and vehicles were positioned just right. The gates opened and the onslaught began: volunteers worked hard, answering questions and making sales. During the day the Association provided rations, while the museum was operating as our `staff lounge`. At the end of the day we took it all down, and the following day sorted it and counted it all. Overall, it was a huge success, and thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible Jon Colonel (Ret) Jon Ambler OMM CD Program Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Comox Air Force... read more

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