Mark this date on your calendar - 13 August, at the War Museum, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Womens Army Corps (CWAC).
I will be putting on a display in the Lebreton Hall (vehicles and guns) from 10 AM to 3 PM. With the help of CWAC veterans, bilingual handouts, uniforms and veterans' memorabilia we hope to tell the community about the role of the CWAC in WW2.
I must announce that the CWAC 70th anniversary display to be held at the War Museum in Ottawa 13 August is postponed due to a major display in the museum and a major music festival on the grounds opposite the museum.
When a new date is determined, info will be published.
According to the CWAC history, page 37, Beech brown was chosen to "provide a smart contrast with the barathea material". The colour was extended to the tie in contrast to the khaki shirt and to the epaulets on the greatcoat and battledress tunic.
When the uniform was designed and presented for approval, the Minister of Defence, Colonel Ralston, felt it did not have enough colour and directed that red trim be added around the collar, cuffs and epaulets. As the officer in charge of the CWAC project, Colonel HT Cock, wrote "the uniform would have looked like that of a movie theatre usherette with the trim ordered by Ralston". He conspired with his committee to find reasons for not using the red trim and instead to use the beech brown colour.