Fonds 2003/11 - Canadian Army Historical Section card collection

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Canadian Army Historical Section card collection

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CA ON00093 2003/11

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  • 1902-1967, predominant 1914-1918, 1939-1945 (Creation)

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73.98 m of textual records

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The Army Historical Section had its origins in the Canadian War Records Office and Canadian War Narrative Section, organized in London during the First World War. By an Order in Council of January 17, 1917 (P.C. 19), Brig. Gen. E.A. Cruikshank was attached to the Record Office and assigned the task of collecting "material and records necessary to compile the history of the present war so far as the same more particularly relates to the work undertaken and carried out in Canada". In the execution of these duties, Cruikshank was under the direct control of the Adjutant General. By P.C. 2814 of 15 November 1918 he was transferred to the Chief of the General Staff and became the "Director of the Historical Section of the General Staff". In 1919 the Canadian War Narrative Section was transferred to Canada and amalgamated with the Historical Section in June 1921. Initially the Section was charged with the responsibility of preparing the official history of Canadian participation in the First World War, and, as well, oversaw the writing of regimental histories and, in general, answered inquiries relating to the military history of Canada. In 1945 responsibility for the writing of the history of the First World War was passed to the C.E.F. Historian and the Historical Section concentrated its efforts on official histories of the Canadian Army in the Second World War and, later, in the Korean War. In 1964 the historical sections of the three armed services were integrated as the Armed Forces Directorate of History. In August 1996, the Directorate of History was amalgamated with the Directorate of Military Traditions and Heritage to form the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH).

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Fonds consists of information cards created by the Canadian Army Historical Section and regarding information of Canadians who served with various regiments during the Second World War, those Canadians that were Mentioned in Dispatches, and those Canadians that were awarded various medal and decorations. The cards contain such information as name, service number, dates, fate of soldier, honours, awards, decorations, and medals. The cards are arranged alphabetically. There are three series: Fonds is comprised of the following series:
I. Second World War Soldier Information Cards (1939-1945)
II. Army Mentions in Despatches and US Distinguished Unit Emblem (1956-1962)
III. Medals and Decorations (1902-1967)

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  • English

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Material is stored in 4 separate drawers.

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Material is stored in 4 separate drawers.

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