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The seizing of Europe’s bells

November 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

The bells that rang out across allied nations after the First World War ended what for many had been a four-year silence enforced by regulation in some places and imposed by confiscation in others. In Germany and across Europe, tens of thousands of bronze bells—some imparting “the songs of the angels” since the 12th century—had been…

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Choose our next cover for The Battle of Ortona

November 20, 2018 by Legion Magazine

Late in 1943, Canadian troops attacked the German-held Italian city of Ortona. The goal was to push up the eastern coast, then swing inland on a road leading straight to Rome. In fierce fighting, Canada prevailed in Ortona’s labyrinth of death. Read about the day-by-day battles—street by street, house by house, and hand to hand—in…

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Still plenty of work for Veterans Ombudsman

November 19, 2018 by Sharon Adams

As outgoing Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent prepares to hand the torch to a successor, his 2018 report on government action shows while much has been accomplished, much remains to do. The federal government has acted on nearly three-quarters of the recommendations made by the ombudsman since the office was created a decade ago. But 18…

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Quadruple amputee inspired others

November 18, 2018 by Sharon Adams

In August, eight years after United States Marine Sergeant John Peck lost his arms and legs in an encounter with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he threw out the first pitch at a baseball game—a feat made possible by a double arm transplant in 2016. This would have been in the realm of science…

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On the beach

November 21, 2018 by Jennifer McGill
A tour of the Normandy coastline honours those who crossed an ocean to fight tyranny   The sky is cloudy, but the rain holds off for this year’s commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, on June 6. The audience is filled with veterans and their families, currently serving military, officials...

Gerda Munsinger: spy or party girl?

November 21, 2018 by Legion Magazine
“If a woman wants to make a career for herself, she must learn to listen. When men want to talk, I let them talk,” said the woman behind the sex scandal that rocked the country in the 1960s. Listening is a good skill for a mistress—or a spy, as Gerda Munsinger was suspected of...
At the 2018 Canadian Online Publishing Awards in Toronto on Nov. 14, Legion Magazine was awarded Gold for Best Interactive Story for “Prisoners of War.” The win marks the third time in the past three years Legion Magazine has won awards in this category, with a Gold in 2017 for “Cold Comfort” and a...

Veteran’s service cards to be reintroduced

November 18, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The CAF is reintroducing cards, known as the NDI 75, as a veteran’s service card intended to acknowledge the service of members and to encourage an enduring affiliation with the CAF. The Legion has not yet received all of the details so the purpose of this article is to provide advance notice of the...

After the wildfire

November 17, 2018 by Tom MacGregor
Fort McMurray rebuilds after a devastating forest fire that caused the largest evacuation in Alberta history   Two years after the devastating wildfire that forced 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., to flee their homes, the city has made great progress in its recovery. Along Highway 63, which runs through the city, the trees...

O Canada: The Best of Everything – On newsstands now!

November 16, 2018 by Legion Magazine
It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! O Canada: The Best of Everything is packed with stories and pictures of Canadian people, places, wildlife, cities, culture, feats and innovations. With a hilarious intro by iconic Canadian comedian Ron James, this collector’s edition brings you great inventions, gorgeous landscapes, outstanding animals, cool views and amazing characters—just like Canada...

Embracing a modern-day Legion

November 15, 2018 by Eric Harris
Delegates meet up in Manitoba and make plans for the future   In late August, 928 accredited delegates from across the country assembled in Winnipeg for The Royal Canadian Legion’s 47th Dominion Convention, determined to plan a course for the future focused on expanding membership, improving public awareness, fostering a welcoming culture and, of...

At the helm

November 15, 2018 by Legion Magazine
DOMINION PRESIDENT Thomas Irvine, 63, served for 23 years with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, including active duty in Egypt with the United Nations Emergency Force. He has spent 30 years serving the Legion and is currently a life member of Hemmingford, Que., Branch. Irvine rose through the ranks to provincial...

Inside Afghanistan: Politics, war and buzkashi

November 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Few can claim a national game as violent or influential as Afghanistan has in buzkashi. The country in which Canadian soldiers fought for 13 years is home to a deceptively complex society. And buzkashi (pronounced ‘BOO-skeh-shee’), which dates to the times of Genghis Khan, is a deceptively complex game that over the centuries has...

The sinking of U-211

November 14, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The crew of U-211 was very lucky under the leadership of Korvettenkapitän Karl Hause, who took command after the German submarine had been commissioned in March 1942. It would eventually be a member of eight different wolf packs wreaking havoc in the North Atlantic. On its first patrol in August 1942, U-211 torpedoed and...
To all who lived through the war years, and more particularly to those who saw active service—today has been a day of sacred memories, different perhaps in detail to each one of us, but yet all based on similar experiences and similar emotions. With the lapse of years, Armistice Day becomes naturally less demonstrative....

CPR reaches completion

November 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The dream of an iron road running from sea to sea was realized at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, when financier Donald Smith drove the final spike connecting the east and west arms of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, B.C., in a pass through the Rocky Mountains west of Revelstoke. For British...

Inside Afghanistan: Remember the Afghan translator

November 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
The night letters started arriving at his parents’ home in Afghanistan’s Helmand province soon after Ahmad Sajad Kazimi took a job translating for Canadian and other NATO forces fighting the war on terror. “Tell your son to quit his job and stop working for coalition forces,” one said. “Otherwise we kill your son because he is co-operating...
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