Posts Tagged ‘lead up to world war 2’

“Bombs and Shells Pave Way for Japan’s Steamroller,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 11.

Slowly, but surely, the steamroller of Japan’s modern military might forced its way against stubborn Chinese resistance toward Hankow, vital point in North China’s defences. And its way was smoothed by the levelling effect of terrific barrages from field guns and airplanes. In the photo above, Japanese soldiers wait patiently beside their battleflags while the aerial and artillery bombardment on the Chinese defences in the background paved the way for their advance. This dramatic demonstration of modern military tactics was snapped during an attack on Wuhsueh, Yangtse river town near Hankow.

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“Japanese troops harried by guerillas,” Montreal Gazette, August 15, 1938. Page 4.

“Japanese soldiers of a transport unit carrying supplies to the armies moving toward China’s provisional capital, find shelter among their trucks as they are attacked by Chinese irregulars.”

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“Pictures of Royal Visit to France Flown to Canada on ‘Mercury’,’ Ottawa Citizen. July 22, 1938. Page 03.

English guns boomed from the cliffs of Dover as the King and Queen left on board the Admirality yacht Enchantress. Their yacht was met in mid-channel (left) by an imposing escot of airplanes and destroyers from France. Landing at Boulogne, they embarked again by special train for Paris. There they were met by President Albert Lebrun (center) at the new Bois de Boulogne station. The King stepped up to his waiting host and saluted him in French: Comment allez vous? {How are you?)’ The President then led the Royal Party through the magnificently decorated station to cars which awaited to take them on their four-mile drive through the streets of the city. Escorted by Spahi cavalry, the procession is show (right) as it passes along the Champs Elysee. These pictures were taken to Foynes, Ireland, where they were placed on board Mercury which flew them across the Atlantic to Montreal.

From an army balloon observers watched movements in the crowds. This impressive view of the procession was taken from a roof in the Champs Elysee and shows the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

French Authorities Closely Guard the Route of the Procession in Paris on Arrival of Royal Visitors
Above picture, flown to Canada on the ‘Mercury,’ shows a scene in the beautiful streets of Paris as the entourage of King George and Queen Elizabeth made its triumphal progress. In the leading car are the King and President Lebrun. Following them are the Queen and Mme. Lebrun. Lning the closely guarded route are French tanks, some of them the massive 40-ton vehicles, pride of the French army.  Thousand of mobile guards lined the Place de la Concorde where this picture was taken.

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“Anti-Gas Demonstration,” Montreal Star. January 29, 1937. Page 05.

“An anti-gas squad trained by the London borough of Holborn to deal with poison-gas in the event of an air raid, gave a public demonstration of methods of dealing with liquid gas attacks. This Associated Press photo shows: The squad marching to the scene of operations, wearing their gas-masks and protective clothing.”

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“British Government Opens Mask Factory,” Montreal Gazette. January 22, 1937. Page 19.

“Gerald Palmer (left), Geoffrey Lloyd, Home Office Under-Secretary, and Wing Commander Hodsell in charge of the air raid precautions department (right), pictures as they attended the recent opening of the first British Government factory for the manufacture of gas masks. When the factory is going full blast it will turn out masks at the rate of 500,00 a week. The officials are wearing some of the masks, which are proof against any gas so far known for use in war.”

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“Legion Must Adopt Attitude on Defence,” Montreal Star. January 20, 1937. Page 06.

President Addresses St. Lambert Branch

Rearmament of Great Britain will make of the Mother Country a stronger force than ever in the interests of world peace in the opinion of Brig.-General Alex. Ross, president of the Dominion Command of the Canadian Legion. General Ross expressed his opinion last night as he stated that the Canadian Legion will have to take a stand upon the question of a national defence policy. He was speaking at the first annual dinner of the St. Lambert Branch, No. 68, of the Legion, in Dart Memorial Hall.

‘We, as men who have sacrificed more than most, must have something to say on this vital question,’ General Ross said. ‘The time has come when it is difficult to maintain peace. Force is undesirable, but there is no use in preaching peace, and then denouncing a body like the League of Nations, for instance, which has partially failed in its objective.

‘We still believe the people of this country are capable of governing themselves in the old way,’ he said. ‘Without radical action the Legion is trying to help the ex-serviceman to economic self-sufficiency.’

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“Mary And Her Little Lamb,” Montreal Star. January 9, 1937. Page 08.

“Mary Had A Large-Sized Lamb
Its Fleece Was Not Like Snow;
And Everywhere That That Lamb Went,
Mary Was Forced To Go.”

Europe, as Mary, is dragged by her not so little lamb marked ‘Dictatorial Caprice.’

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