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.

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Today in Canadian Military History

  • 20/11/1838
    The Lieutenant Governor directs that a Militia Court Martial be assembled at Fort Henry for trial of Patriot prisoners.
  • 20/11/1863
    The New Westminister Rifle Company No. 1 is established.
  • 20/11/1917
    At Masnieres, France Lieutenant Harcus Strachan of the Fort Garry Horse, C.E.F. took an enemy machine gun post with his sword, cut telephone communications three kilometres behind the enemy line, and saved many of his comrades and took fifteen prisoners. For his actions he earned the Victoria Cross.
  • 20/11/1918
    Nos.81 and 123 Squadrons, RAF (Nos.1 and 2 Squadrons, CAF) were formed in England as the embryo of the Canadian Air Force.
  • 20/11/1943
    HMCS Snowberry, Calgary and Nene sink U-536 in the North Atlantic.
  • 20/11/1957
    HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.