The August 2016 edition of the Torch is now available in both hard copy and electronically.
16 June 2016 – Friend’s Forum and Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 16 June was a busy day for the Friends. It was kicked off at 1700 with another in the continuing series of Friend’s Forums. This one, entitled “Father of Commemoration: Thomas Nangle and the Memories of War” was presented by Dr Dean Oliver, currently Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of History and previously, Director of Research and Exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum.
His interesting lecture was about the padre of the Newfoundland (later Royal Newfoundland) Regiment and his incredible efforts to document and preserve the small Dominion's contributions and sacrifices in the First World War. Walk the battlefield at Beaumont-Hamel, admire the woodland caribou memorial, or attend a commemorative service at the National War Memorial in St. John's, and you are witnessing the legacy of this extraordinary Newfoundlander.
The talk was given extra meaning since a new temporary exhibit in the Canadian War Museum that traces the First World War’s lasting legacy in Newfoundland and Labrador has a panel on Padre Nangle. In addition, Dr. Oliver has a personal connection - he hails from St. John's Nfld., and his grandfather’s name (also on one of the panels) is inscribed on the Beaumont Hamel monument.
Musical Tribute to the Battle of Beaumont Hamel - “Sing You Home”
As part of the general Somme offensive, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over the top on 1 July 1916 near the Village of Beaumont-Hamel against well-entrenched German defences. The results were disastrous. Within thirty minutes, the Regiment suffered a crippling 324 killed and 386 wounded out of a total of 801 soldiers. 1 July is now a Day of Remembrance in Newfoundland.
The Regiment and that tragic day is remembered in this beautiful song and video sung by the Ennis Sisters from Newfoundland.
26 July 2015: Awesome Sundays – Awesome Tanks
So you wanted to see tanks in Ottawa did you? Well “Awesome Sunday Tank Day”, held on 26 July 2015, was for you! The Canadian War Museum, in one of its “Awesome Sunday” series held on the last Sunday of the month, sponsored a full day of tank themed events for the visitor.
This video shows the CWM Grizzly being driven by Museum staff during the Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration.
LeBreton Gallery Catalogue
Experience the LeBreton Gallery and the Canadian War Museum’s superb collection of military technology. Get an up-close view of imposing tanks, artillery and other machines of war, and learn about the military technology used by and against Canadians in times of both peace and conflict.
2014 - 2015 FCWM Restoration Projects
Major projects in recent years have been the restoration of the Portrait Wall in the main concourse of the museum, and the restoration of the World War II Fordson Food Van and of the M1917 6-ton Tank, both of which can be seen in LeBreton Gallery. Most revenues come from annual membership fees, generous donations provided by members, and sale of used military books from our book store.
Attention all book lovers with an interest in military history! You are invited to visit the Friends of the Canadian War Museum “BookRoom” where hundreds of lovingly used titles covering the full spectrum of military subjects are offered for sale at very reasonable prices.
Often referred to as a little-known treasure, the “BookRoom” is a significant fundraiser for the Museum and is staffed by a team of volunteers whose knowledge of the collection is only surpassed by their motivation! The “BookRoom” is open daily between 1100 and 1500 (except Sunday) and is located adjacent to the Museum Research Library - just follow the signs!
For those delivering donations to the FCWM used military Book Room, the CWM now affords courtesy underground parking. Parking vouchers are available through the Book Room staff or the Friends' Office Supervisor.