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Banner: From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History

Canadian Military History: An Overview
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Web Research

Canadian Military History: An Overview
Web Research


These general Websites can lead the user into broad resources of Canadian military history.

Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet

  • Runs from the University of Saskatchewan and links to the Canadian Archival Information Network, a rapidly growing inventory of archival resources, at present particularly strong in material held in western Canada.

Canadian Military Heritage Project

  • Organized by military event and theme and provides direction to published and archival information as well as additional links to military-related sites on the Internet.

  • Some modules have not yet been completed.

Canadian Museum of Civilization

  • Online Resources for Canadian Heritage are part of the Virtual Museum's Library Web site. Included are many useful links for particular topics in Canadian military history.

Canadian Navy of Yesterday and Today

Canadian War Museum

  • Directs the user to the Museum's excellent library resources and to the war art collections.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • The Register is an online directory to all Commonwealth fatal casualties in the South African War, both World Wars and Korea, including all Canadians.

  • The Register includes the many Canadian servicemen killed accidentally and buried in cemeteries in Canada.

  • Also included are those for whom there is no known grave who are commemorated only on memorials, such as the Vimy Memorial or the Ottawa Memorial (airmen lost in the North American area).

  • At present (2000), this is a very busy Web site. Logging on is often difficult. Accessed from within Canada, the site often works best late in the evening.

Directorate of History and Heritage, Dept.of National Defence

  • Includes a listing of all Directorate publications.

Internet Public Library

  • Links Websites by subject, including detailed references to all aspects of Canadian military history.

Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth: Canada

Library and Archives Canada

  • Leads to ArchiviaNet:, through which many of the archival records, particularly official government records, may be searched by descriptive keywords.

  • Also found here is an index to all service records of those who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. It is eventually intended to include a copy of each individual's Attestation Paper online. A selection may be viewed online now.
  • This site leads to resAnet:, the catalogue of Library and Archives Canada's collections, which can be searched free of charge.

  • AMICUS is a union list service which provides library locations for materials throughout Canada. Amicus is offered at no charge pending ministerial approval. It is accessed chiefly by other libraries. The History & Heritage of Canada's Air Force

Veterans Affairs Canada

  • Contains a great variety of material for the military historian, genealogist or veteran, including the digitized versions of the Books of Remembrance of Canada's war dead and a guide to Canadian war memorials.