Directorate of History and Heritage
Welcome to the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) website of the Department of National Defence. DHH was founded in 1996, following the amalgamation of the National Defence History Directorate and the Directorate of Military Traditions and Heritage. The roots of our organization go all the way back to the First World War.
Even in the early stages of the Internet, the usefulness of this remarkable communication tool was obvious. From the very beginning, our vision was to make the DHH website an essential tool for Canadian researchers. We have established three goals in this regard: to keep our internal and external audiences informed about the various functions performed by DHH; to make available a maximum number of archives as well as works that have been published by our predecessors, but that are no longer available in book stores; and to provide any other relevant information. Anyone comparing what was available in 1996 with what is offered today will see a world of difference, not only in the quantity, but also in the quality of the information online, which is frequently updated.
DHH serves the Canadian people and the Canadian Forces. DHH enjoys significant credibility in Canada and around the world. The current site, which will more than meet people’s expectations, will add to that credibility with its reliability and the type of information it provides.
Today in Canadian Military History
The battle of Canal du Nord takes place.
Lieutenant George Kerr of the 3rd Battalion, alone and in advance of his company, attacked the German strongpoint at Bourlon Wood, capturing four machine guns and 31 prisoners. For his actions Lieutenant Kerr earned the Victoria Cross.
Lieutenant Samuel Honey of the 78th Battalion at the Bourlon Wood took command of his company after all the other officers had become casualties, and skilfully reorganized the advance while under heavy German fire to his objective. For his actions Lieutenant Honey earned the Victoria Cross.
Lieutenant Milton Gregg of The Royal Canadian Regiment, near Cambrai, France, led his men in an advance under intense fire through uncut enemy barbed wire. Despite suffering two wounds, he continued to lead his men against the enemy trenches, which they cleared. For his actions he earned the Victoria Cross.
Lieutenant Graham Lyall of the 102nd Battalion, C.E.F. captured 185 prisoners, 21 machine guns, and a field gun at Bourlon Wood to earn the Victoria Cross.