Normandy, August 1944. The highest scoring German Panzer Ace, Michael Wittmann, was killed during a counterattack against British and Canadian tanks. Wittmann’s death went unexamined until his remains were found in 1983. Norm Christie now looks at the evidence to determine who killed the Black Baron.
WW2 Canadian pilot Russ Bannock recalls his Intruder missions flying the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito. The Intruder is tasked with penetrating deep into enemy air space, spearheading special operations, to take advantage of the cover provided by night-time and meteorological conditions, to loiter in the vicinity of enemy airfields and attack aircraft as they take off or land. The agile and wily Mosquito was a perfect fit for Intruder missions and incredibly it was made of wood. The Mosquito became known as the “wooden wonder” as it stalked enemy forces in the skies over occupied Europe.
The siege of Malta was the most important battle in 1941 – 1942. The courage of the Maltese civilians in the face of indescribable bombing and the amazing Spitfire pilots, such as Canadian “Buzz Beurling”, helped turn the tide in this critical, but little appreciated campaign.
The Spanish War, 1936-39, was one of the most complicated and passionate episodes in Modern History. Spain became the showdown between the rising wave of Fascism, and those who decided it had to be stopped. Thousands of international volunteers came to Spain, including 1600 Canadians, to fight the Fascists. By the end of the War half had simply vanished. What became of the missing of the International Brigades?