Canada’s Library and Archives’ April Fools Fun by Releasing James Howlett’s Journals and Records
The Library and Archives Canada is a government organization whose role is to preserve Canada’s documentary heritage and more importantly making sure Canadians can access, discover, and share it.
Even though they’re a government organization doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun and today in honor of April Fools they announced and released some of their “major acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of Canadian supersoldier James “Logan” Howlett.”
From their release:
April 1, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec – Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Logan was born in 1882 in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, to wealthy landowner Elizabeth Howlett and her grounds-keeper Thomas Logan.
Logan’s journals provide valuable insight into his early life in Canada, including work as a miner in a British Columbia stone quarry, a fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a homesteader in the Canadian Rockies. His military career spanned multiple conflicts, making his personnel records an unprecedented study in Canadian military history. Logan was gravely wounded in action many times, and gained a reputation as a gritty survivor.
• WWI: captain in the Canadian Armed Forces (Devil’s Brigade). Fought at Ypres in 1915. Wounded by a sword through the chest.
• WWII: Returned to the Devil’s Brigade in the Second World War, as an allied spy and paratrooper for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion during the Normandy landings on D-Day.
• Cold War: based in Ottawa and Calgary, worked for both CSIS and the CIA.
• Logan later changed his operative name to ‘Wolverine’, and worked with various NGOs.
Bravo Canada. Bravo.