Meet Sgt. Karen Hermeston.

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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-1
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-2
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-3
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-4.
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-5.
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-6.
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    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermeston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy. Item no. ZK-893-7.
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    Sergeant Karen M. Hermiston of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit during VJ-Day celebrations in Piccadilly Circus, London, England, 10 August 1945. Credit: Lieut. Arthur L. Cole / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-152103 Restrictions on use: Nil Copyright: Expired

Little is known about the role the CWAC played within the Unit, and even less is known about the lone female combat photographer that served with the Canadian Film and Photo Unit during WWII. Recently, the Library and Archives made available a selection of colour photographs shot during WWII, and I will be sharing those taken of Sgt. Karen Hermeston, of the CFPU. Requiring unique skills, members of the CFPU were made up of personnel familiar with the art of photography and film-making. The Unit was comprised of a total of 74 cameramen, both stills and cine. These combat cameramen were a unique bunch, with backgrounds ranging from film studio…

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My photographer friend was a WW II hero by By JEFF MAGUIRE

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PHOTO ABOVE: Major David V. Currie (left, with pistol in hand) of The South Alberta Regiment accepting the surrender of German troops at St. Lambert-sur-Dives, France, 19 August 1944. Major Currie was awarded the Victoria Cross for his leadership during the Canadian attack on the village. Credit: Lieut. Donald I. Grant / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-111565. Restrictions on use: Nil. Copyright: Expired. Sgt. Jack Stollery can be seen at the far left filming Major David Currie in the act of winning the Victory Cross. My photographer friend was a WW II hero. By JEFF MAGUIRE Originally written Dec 8, 2011 In recent years I…

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