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The world wants you dead. This is unfortunate, but it’s true, particularly in Canada, and especially in the North. Nature is cold and dark, the sea is deep and there are a million ways to die.

Face to Face

Face To Face On Conscription

March 1, 2014 by admin
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Did the Canadian government make the right decision by passing the Military Service Act of 1917?
Author Serge Durflinger of Ottawa says NO. Author J.L. Granatstein of Toronto says YES.

Air Force

Lost In The Azores

January 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
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Members of the Lost Legion—Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served overseas in British rather than Canadian units—saw many harsh or uncomfortable places, from Russia to Southeast Asia. Some locations, however, were quite delightful, including the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.

Army

Normandy Tour: Juno Beach Route

January 21, 2014 by Terry Copp
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The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will introduce a new generation of Canadians to events that have long stirred the imaginations and collective memories of veterans and their children.

There will no doubt be extensive television coverage on June 6, centered on major Canadian commemorative events at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, but there will be much else to see and do in Normandy during June, July and August.

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On This Date: April 2014

April 1, 2014 by admin
A company of the PPCLI moves in single file across rice paddies as it advances on enemy positions across the valley. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA171228] APRIL 1, 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force becomes a permanent component of Canada’s defence forces. APRIL 2, 1885 In what is now Alberta, Cree warriors murder nine men in what would become known as the Frog Lake...

Far East Flyers

March 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
Wing Commander Robert Davidson  (in civilian clothes) shown in September 1944 after evading capture in France. While posted  with the RAF in the Far East, he was credited with two destroyed aircraft. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PL-32731/CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19650071-019_p11d] In December 1939, Britain had undertaken to form distinct Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons overseas, manned as far as possible by Canadian graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. By July 1940, with France defeated, Italy an enemy, Japan threatening and Britain itself threatened with invasion, the Royal Air Force was in desperate straits. Suddenly, Imperial strategy and operational needs trumped national sensitivities. Thousands of Canadians were posted to RAF squadrons around the world. This was the origin of the RCAF’s Lost Legion, separated from Canadian units. It was also the genesis of disputes between Canadian authorities and their senior British counterparts, even when individual RCAF personnel fitted in well with RAF...

Choose Your Favorite Normandy Cover

March 27, 2014 by admin
- It is a tie!    Just in time for Father’s Day, Legion Magazine will be releasing our fifth SIP which marks the 70th anniversary of Canada’s major contribution during the Normandy Campaign. We asked you to choose one of three covers and after analyzing the votes and assigning one vote to each unique...

Normandy Tour: Roads To The River Seine

March 26, 2014 by Terry Copp
The 3rd Canadian Division advances south  of Bretteville-le-Rabet, France, Aug. 14, 1944. [PHOTOS: DONALD I. GRANT, DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116536] Most of the Canadian soldiers who served in the Battle of Normandy were not involved in the D-Day landings or the bridgehead battles. The 2nd Canadian Division did not arrive in France until after the capture of Caen on July 9 and 4th Armoured Div. reached Normandy later in the month, in time to take part in the August battles. Thus, for many veterans and their families, the area south of Caen and the roads to the River Seine are the important places of...

A Night Of Furious Action

March 24, 2014 by Marc Milner
A painting by John M. Horton depicts HMCS Sackville on North Atlantic convoy duty. [ILLUSTRATION: JOHN M. HORTON, BEAVERBROOK COLLECTION OF WAR ART/CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19840654-001 Sackville's Remarkable Battles Against The Wolf Pack The first phase of the battle for convoy ON 115 was won by the Royal Canadian Navy. For days the convoy brushed its way past U-boats, and from July 29 to Aug. 1, 1942, it was shadowed by six enemy subs. Escort group C3 did its job. No ships were lost, and best of all, U-588 was sunk in a skilful hunt. In the early hours of Aug. 1, the U-boats that had not been driven off lost contact. Now only 500 miles from Newfoundland, ON 115 should have been in the...

Campaign Starts For Vimy Centre

March 24, 2014 by Tom MacGregor
A new education centre of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in France will be one of the federal government’s highlights in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World...

Branch Renamed After Fallen Soldier

March 21, 2014 by Adam Day
It is a question being asked at Legion branches across Canada—what is a good way to reach out to Afghan veterans, to connect with them and show them the Legion is there to be of service?...

War Museum Acquires Herman Good Victoria Cross

March 18, 2014 by Tom MacGregor
Herman Good’s VC and other medals. PHOTO: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—20130405-001 With the centennial of the start of the First World War approaching, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa announced in December that it had acquired the Victoria Cross awarded to New Brunswick native Herman Good. The Victoria Cross and other medals awarded to Good...

Volunteers Working On North Star Restoration

March 13, 2014 by Tom MacGregor
You have to be careful opening up the panels covering the engines, you never know if a bird or some animal might have made its home...
Veterans Affairs Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion have once again teamed up to make sure veterans in long-term care facilities across the country are getting proper care and support....

VAC Office Closures Watched By Legion

March 4, 2014 by Sharon Adams
The Royal Canadian Legion will be closely watching the fallout from Veterans Affairs Canada’s closure of nine district offices across the...

Veterans Benefits Guide 2014

March 3, 2014 by admin
What does the Canadian public think about the treatment of its war veterans? Do Canadians believe these men and women are getting the benefits and services they deserve? How familiar is the public with the programs that were created to assist those who have come home after serving their country in some of the...

1812 Journal, Then & Now (March/April)

March 1, 2014 by John Boileau
Lacolle blockhouse [PHOTO: DAN WARD] March: British reinforcements arrive at Quebec City via overland route from New Brunswick. March 4: 164-man mounted American raiding party repulses attack by 240 British regulars, Canadian militia and native allies at Battle of Longwoods, near Wardsville, Upper Canada; British withdraw after suffering 67 casualties, followed shortly by American forces who return to Detroit with seven...
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A MAN ALONE by Peter Court. The wartime experiences of Robert (Bob) Robinson as a British soldier in India and Burma in World War II included facing mutiny in his platoon. A Canadian citizen since 1954, he has taken part in many Remembrance Day marches in West Vancouver. Cost: £12.95, Postage £4. Order from: www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk. Woodfield Publishing Limited, Bognor Regis PO 21 5EL England.

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WORLD WAR II ESCORTED TOUR: CANADIANS & THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN

November 3-16, 2014. Join us as we follow the young Canadians in the First Division from their landing in Sicily, through the battles for the Moro River, Ortona, and the Liri Valley, on to the Gothic Line, finishing near Ravenna at the Savio, Lamone and Senio Rivers. Note: tour revolves around participation in the Remembrance Day Ceremony, Moro River Cemetery on November 11.  Contact Ellison Travel & Tours 800-265-7022 or vacations@ettravel.com.  Visit www.ettravel.com/escorted for tour details.

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MISCELLANEOUS

2014 HMCS/CFB CORNWALLIS REUNION August 22-August 25, 2014

The Cornwallis Reunion is open to all who served and trained in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia between 1942-1994. We welcome members of the military, former members of HMCS Acadia and civilian employees who assisted in the upkeep and operation of the base. For more information, please see our website at www.abcc.ca or call Toll Free: 1-888-830-4466.

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