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Military Lecture – Hidden Scars: Uncovering the Lived Experience of Shell-Shocked Ex-Servicemen

March 25 @ 7:00 pm
Free
Electric Heat Cabinet - Military Hospital Commission - Cobourg, Ontario

Electric Heat Cabinet - Military Hospital Commission - Cobourg, Ontario   Heather Ellis presents, Hidden Scars: Uncovering the Lived Experience of Shell-Shocked Ex-Servicemen. 1918 marked the end of the First World War, but for returning soldiers it was the beginning of adjustment, recovery and, in some cases, collapse. The transition from war to peace was especially difficult for those diagnosed with a psychological illness. ‘Shell shock’ has become synonymous with the Great War and frequently appears in the history, literature,…

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Military Lecture – The Great Sickness of 1740: War, Typhus, and the Royal Navy

April 22 @ 7:00 pm
Free
The Capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739 by George Chambers, Senior, 1836

The Capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739 by George Chambers, Senior, 1836, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich BHC0355   Paul Mansell presents, The Great Sickness of 1740: War, Typhus, and the Royal Navy. In 1739, after two and a half decades of relative peace, Spain and Britain entered into the War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-48). This war became subsumed into the War of Austrian Succession 1740-48) and has not received a lot of attention from historians. The Royal Navy had…

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Military Lecture – The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Free
Illustration of a green military helmet with the words The Devil's Trick written in black. Below the helmet red text reads how Canada fought the Vietnam War

John Boyko will talk on his latest book, The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War. More than forty-five years after the fall of Saigon, John Boyko brings to light the little-known story of Canada’s involvement in the American War in Vietnam. Through the lens of six remarkable people, bestselling historian John Boyko recounts Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in the Vietnam War as peacemaker, combatant, and provider of both weapons and sanctuary. Through these wide-ranging and fascinating accounts, Boyko adds…

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