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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]

On This Date: April 2014

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...
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    On This Date: March 2014

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    MARCH 1, 1945 Despite serious leg wounds, Major Frederick Tilston braves heavy enemy fire in the Hochwald Forest, Germany, to deliver ammunition and organize defence of a captured headquarters. He is awarded the Victoria...
  • The Naval Service of Canada's first peacetime recruiting poster. [PHOTO: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19940001-980]

    On This Date: February 2014

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    FEBRUARY 1, 1911 Royal Canadian Naval Service recruitment posters go up in post offices across Canada. FEBRUARY 2, 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad. FEBRUARY 3, 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s...
  • On This Date: January 2014

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    JANUARY 1, 1945 Losses are heavy as hundreds of aircraft attack 11 Allied airfields in Belgium and Holland in the Luftwaffe’s last major offensive of the war. JANUARY 2, 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer begin a mercy flight to deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane...
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    On This Date: December 2013

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    DECEMBER 1, 1919 The Memorial Cross, more widely known as the Silver Cross, is instituted. DECEMBER 2, 1946 His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Middlesex, en route to help a fishing vessel, runs aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax. The crew escapes unharmed. DECEMBER 3, 1970 British...
  • On This Date: November 2013

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    NOVEMBER 1, 1914 In a battle off the coast of Chile, four midshipmen are the first Canadian naval casualties of the First World War, perishing with the crew of His Majesty’s Ship Good Hope. NOVEMBER 2-3, 1951 The Royal Canadian Regiment repels a Chinese attack on Hill 187...
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    On This Date: October 2013

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    October 1, 1916 Second Lieutenant W.J. Tempest, a western Canadian immigrant, shoots down a Zeppelin over England. He is awarded the Distinguished Service Order. October 2, 1952 Three sailors are killed, 10 wounded when an enemy shell hits HMCS Iroquois off the east coast of...
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