Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists - AN EXHIBITION

Saskatchewan in Two World Wars

Everyone at home waited expectantly for word from friends and loved ones overseas. The anticipation of good news always was tempered by the fear of receiving bad news. The men and women at the front - equally anxious for letters from home - wrote of their experiences during training, traveling across the Atlantic, life in the trenches, the incessant sound of gun fire and bombs bursting, unenviable living conditions, and the less than gourmet food. There were reports of woundings and fatalities, of battles won or lost. And, sometimes, there were accounts of valour beyond belief. Some letters regaled the reader with stories of high jinks and good humour. Life continued, but under greatly altered circumstances.

A special edition of The Sheaf featured a number of letters from University members serving overseas, 1917.. [68]

One student reported on events and the mood at Oxford and in England, 1939. [69]

Men of the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry) catch up on the news, 1918. [70]

Trench life reportedly was no bed of roses, c. 1915. [71]

Donald Miller (right) with "Short" Thompson prior to completing his flying instruction in Saskatoon in 1930. [72]

Miller, after service in Europe, returned to Canada in 1940 to instruct at the Flight Service Training School at Moose Jaw in 1940. [73]

There were opportunities to learn and relax overseas, c. 1917. [74]
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University of Vimy Ridge library card, c. 1917. [75]
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Chaplain E.H. Oliver took time to "dramatize" matters for President W.C. Murray, 1917. [76]
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Dining World War II style, c. 1944 [77]

Patients at Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol, England, c. 1917. [78]

A railway car bearing a Hitler banner, c. 1942. [79]

Bertha Forsey in a Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve uniform, 1917. [80]

Adolph Hitler beside a portrait of German Chancellor Bismarck, c. 1940. [81]

The results of Allied bombing in Germany, c. 1917. [82]

The remains of a church in Rheims, France, 1919. [83]

The November 1943 edition of the Eighth Army News. [84]

The April 1944 edition of The Maple Leaf. [85]

The Axis forces spared no effort when it came to attempting to destroy the morale of Canadian personnel overseas.

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Some heart felt prayers were answered; others were not.

A magazine illustration, c. 1917. [88]

Student war poetry, 1918. [89]


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