Academic journal article Manitoba History

MHS / St, Francois Xavier Historical Society Spring Field Trip: Manitoba's Military Legacy

Academic journal article Manitoba History

MHS / St, Francois Xavier Historical Society Spring Field Trip: Manitoba's Military Legacy

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

The day will begin at 8.00am on Saturday, 10 June 2017, when the bus will leave Grant Park Shopping Centre and head, via St Francis Xavier, to the site of Camp Hughes where thousands of Canadian soldiers trained in trench warfare before going to fight on the western front in WWI. The trench systems are remarkably well preserved after a hundred years and our expert guides, Colonel (Rtd.) Bob Poirer and Captain (Rtd.) Gordon Crossley, will explain how the trench systems were constructed, organized and operated. Leaving Camp Hughes, we head to Brandon Airport, the site of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. We will have lunch (catered by Shady Lane Tea Room) in the base canteen and tour the museum which displays numerous artifacts and restored aircraft, including Harvard and Tiger Moth trainers, and a Battle of Britain era Hawker Hurricane. Following the BCATP Museum tour, we proceed to CFB Shilo to visit the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum for a guided--or on your own--tour. Those who wish to do so can inspect the displays of armoured vehicles and artillery in the surrounding park. …

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