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War in Afghanistan
On the morning of 11 September 2001, terrorists hijacked four American commercial passenger aircraft. Two were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, the third struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. No one aboard the aircraft survived. Thousands of people died in the Towers and the Pentagon
The United States launched an international campaign against terrorism, to which the Canadian Forces (CF) is making a significant contribution. Canada currently has about 2,200 soldiers, sailors and air force personnel serving in the following operational units deployed on Operation APOLLO in Afghanistan.
- a Battle Group (composed of infantry, armoured reconnaissance, field engineer and combat service support units) integrated with Task Force Rakkasan, the coalition force based at Kandahar International Airport in Afghanistan. My youngest son is with this unit and currently in Afghanistan. Please take a minute to write a note to our soldiers in the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) in Afghanistan. Take a minute to say hello, send a thumb's up, or
just tell them how proud we are of their efforts. Let them
know we haven't forgotten them!
- a Naval Task Group of five major warships serving with the coalition fleet in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea
- a Long Range Patrol Detachment, flying the CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft
- a Tactical Airlift Detachment, flying the CC-130 Hercules tactical transport
- a Strategic Airlift Detachment, flying the CC-150 Polaris long-range transport
Operation Apollo News Room
- stay up to date!
- historical and current background on the Canadian Forces Contribution to the International Campaign Against Terrorism
Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs
Changes daily, and you can view the Archives. Stay up to date on Afghanistan affairs from around the world
News Room of the Department of National Defense
Current news and notices
News on Afghanistan
Image Gallery of the DND
Lou Penney's photos from Afghanistan
Wishing you had an ancestor photograph? Check out the 1800s photographs and antique photo albums on Lost Faces. There are over 2,500 photos in this growing genealogy collection
For those seeking military ancestors in Canada, Ancestry has some really great (and obscure!) records that I bet not many genealogists are aware of. I recently found some great information on a few of my ancestors in thees databases. The one that thrilled me the most was a record for my 3rd great grandfather John Greenlees. I found him recorded as
|Got Canadian Military Ancestors?|
Name: John Greenless Age: 23
Birth Date: abt 1782 Birth Place: Fermanagh [Ireland]
Military Date: 7 May 1805 Unit: 54th Foot Soldiers
The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 54 Foot; Piece Number: 420; Piece Title: 54 Foot.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
This record gave his height, hair and eye colour and more! Here is the complete list of Canadian (and British) military records on Ancestry for those who may want to give them a quick look.
|Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918||Military||598,682|
|Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900||Military||467,838|
|UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Registers of Soldiers Who Served in Canada, 1743-1882||Military||375,748|
|Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961||Military||68,047|
|Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922||Military||1,609,017|
|Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948||Military||71,052|
|Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919||Military||56,567|
|Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850||Military||752,886|
|Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835||Military||24,789|
|Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939||Military||79,630|
|Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919||Military||1,210|
|The Loyalists in Ontario||Stories, Memories & Histories||418|
|Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910||Military||7,143|
|Canada, British Navy Ship Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1757-1836||Military||176,551|
|United Empire Loyalists, Parts I-II||Stories, Memories & Histories||22,456|
|Canada, British Army Regimental Rolls of Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, 1806-1892||Military||30,396|
|Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815||Military||56,505|
|Old United Empire Loyalists List||Immigration & Travel||6,353|
|Canada, Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918||Military||102|
|Canada, Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939-1945||Military||100|
|Canada, Pension Applications For Widows and Family of British Military Officers, 1776-1881||Military||843|
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