Monday, November 29, 2021

Different Journeys In Times Of War

Doug Sam had an eventful war. He was a pilot officer on Halifax bombers whose plane went down on a mission. With the help of the French Resistance he evaded capture and returned to active service. 

Night Target, Germany is the title of this painting by Miller Brittain.

I mentioned Hugh McCaughey, whose task was to film combat footage, carried out through the war.

These are his letters.

Mary Greyeyes joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps, the first indigenous servicewoman in the country's history.

A famous photograph of her didn't quite tell the whole story.

Marcel Ouimet was a well known reporter, especially in French speaking Canada, who went everywhere with the Canadian army, even picking up souvenirs along the way. I neglected to photograph the pistols.


  1. The true stories of individuals give a much better insight than the usual generalisations.

  2. These men and woman of war were courageous.

  3. Hello,
    The soldiers of the film and photo unit were very brave to be capturing the war images.
    Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

  4. ...we each have our own path in life.

  5. @fun60: they do indeed.

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Nancy: very much so.

    @Eileen: they had to be.

    @Tom: yes we do.

  6. 'Night Target' is an impressive painting. But it must have been real horror to fly through there are to be on the ground there.

  7. It is interesting to see the stories of individuals.

  8. What a risk to take as a combat cameraman or previously, artist.

  9. That's such a powerful painting. And thank goodness for the resistance. What extraordinary ordinary people can do.

  10. Wonderful stories. I enjoyed learning about these heroes and heroines. :-)

  11. Each has their own stories. How brave and courageous they were.

  12. Historias , que nos has permitido se conocida, gracias a tu buena documentación

  13. Those were great people!I admire them.Thanx for sharing

  14. @Jan: it would be.

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Jeanie: definitely.

    @DJan: thank you.

    @Bill: true!

    @Iris: quite so.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Anita: you're welcome.

  15. Wow ~ fascinating people ~ favorite of course is the indigenous female who served the country ~ ^_^

    Happy Holidays to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Loved the 'Night target' painting!

  17. I really like the painting, it truly portrays the scene accurately