Directorate of History and Heritage

Visit the military history archive research room to view the collections and do primary research, or ask an expert for answers.

Services and information

Archive research room

Visit the military history archive research room in Ottawa.

History and structure

History and structure of the Military History and Heritage Directorate.


Military history resources accessible in the archive research room.

Search our Collections

Use our online tool to access our historical resources.

Biography of the first Director

Colonel Charles Percy Stacey, first Director of military history at National Defence.

Get answers to military history questions

You have several ways to get answers to your military history questions.

Other military history organizations

Descriptions and locations of other organizations that study Canada’s military history.

Canadian Expeditionary Force organization chart

Organization chart of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) from 1918, during the First World War.

What we are doing


Canada and the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917

Book commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Canadian Military History Since the 17th Century

Over 50 essays on Canadian military history.

The Canadian Army, 1939-1945 : An Official Historical Summary

Official history of the Canadian Army’s activities in the Second World War.

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