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
A French fleet commanded by Chevalier de Ternay captures Bay Bulls and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Aboriginals and British troops force the surrender of an American force at Battle of Beaver Dam.
HMCS Sault Ste. Marie is commissioned as the first Algerine-class minesweeper produced for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Flight Lieutenant David Hornell, a Canso pilot with 162 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, sinks the German submarine U-1225. Hornell's aircraft is also brought down and Hornell dies as a result of his injuries. He is awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
HMCS Haida, HMS Eskimo and a Royal Air Force patrol aircraft sink the German submarine U-971 in the English Channel.
The Canadian Army (Active Force) is redesignated the Canadian Army (Regular) and the Canadian Army (Reserve Force) is redesignated the Canadian Army (Militia).