UNEDITED pictures taken in September 2007 at former Kananaskis Camp 130, which is now a University of Calgary research station, and a few shots of some of the surrounding area. The opening shots are not at the exact location of either camp but are there to show some of the countryside there. This was a foggy day. Usually the mountains are visible.
On germanpowcanada.com there is more information and pictures about German Prisoners of War held in Canada during the Second World War, the Veterans Guard of Canada, and others from the same times and places.
Kananaskis camp was used for internees and merchant marine early in the war. Ozada, a later tent camp, housed PoWs who were later moved to the permanent camps at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.
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Sorry for the reflections and glare. It was the best I could do.
The cabin was called the Colonel’s Cabin and was the office for the commanding officer. The prisoners had barracks, not as nice as the cabin in the film.
Mr. Henderson’s notes: Remembrance Day for the members of the Veterans Guard of Canada was a essential part of their life style – not only commemorating the loss of family and friends in the First World War, but now sons and daughters and … Continue reading →
Some Commanding Officers of PoW Camps allowed the PoW to set up “Sales Conventions”, for the sale of their handicraft, and the funds received would be placed in the financial account of the individual PoW for controlled access.
At Medicine Hat, not only Allied Camp Staff personnel were allowed to make purchases, but so were some members of the general public.
Surviving examples of receipts for those individual sales are extremely rare.
This example was made out to L32344, A.L. DEMERAIL of 4 Platoon, 28 Company, VGC., (Headquarters Staff) for a “Catch All” decorated wood box.
Receipt to a VGC member for PoW handicraft (Henderson Homefront Collection)
Mr. Henderson’s notes: On the occasion of transfers or retirement, it was common for personnel of a unit to provide a farewell gift to popular personnel, particularly Officers. This handsome clock with the dedication is a prime example. MACHUM is known to … Continue reading →
Mr. Henderson’s notes: Carved from “Apple Box Wood” (Pine), this wall hanger represents a Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge. Note that the PoW was obliged to remove the Swastika symbol normally clutched in the eagle’s claws, though the outline remains.
A twisted gold and scarlet military lanyard represents the Veterans Guard of Canada dress format. It looped around a shoulder and the small loop fastened under the flap of the chest button on the uniform.
Veteran’s Guard of Canada gold lanyard (Henderson Homefront Collection)
Because bottled ink for fountain pens was widely used, the ink bottle was a common bottle during the war years, readily acquired by PoW – in this case, the bottle became a location to secure a three masted schooner model.
Ship in an ink bottle, made by a prisoner of war (Henderson Homefront Collection)
Mr. Henderson’s notes: This photo album was acquired from a man who had worked with the PoW in Manitoba. Regretfully, the historic photographs enclosed in the album were removed and presumably destroyed. The patience used to collect, cut, organize and produce … Continue reading →
Enclosed are some photos of a scratch built Japanese Fugo Fire Balloon, an area of interest that I’ve had for a long time, and I do have some original pieces of some in the collection. One of a kind model, built by a friend of mine. The balloon is 5″ in diameter. The scale is 1 to 500. Balloons were released from Japan, and used the Trade Winds to bring them across the USA and Canada. Some reached Ontario from the West Coast. Use Google for additional information on the actual use of the “Secret Weapon”.
Modern model of Japanese Fugo fire balloon 1 to 500 scale (Henderson Homefront Collection)
Modern model of Japanese Fugo fire balloon 1 to 500 scale (Henderson Homefront Collection)-2
Modern model of Japanese Fugo fire balloon 1 to 500 scale (Henderson Homefront Collection)-3