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A Royal Canadian Legion initiative aimed at engaging youth and connecting them to Canada’s military history through the online game Fortnite has proven a smashing success, garnering more than 15 million views on Remembrance Day. “We are so pleased with the positive reaction to the initiative,” said Nujma Bond, communications manager at Legion National Headquarters…

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Crossing the Moro River

December 4, 2019 by Sharon Adams

In the winter of 1943, the Allies in Italy had pushed the Germans north to a defensive line stretching from Naples to Ortona, from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. The Germans were dug in along the Moro River south of Ortona. On Dec. 4, 1943, the Allies—the Canadian 2nd Infantry Brigade, British, Indian and…

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December 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine

1 December 1996 Remains of crew members killed in the crash of RCAF Dakota KN-563 on June 21, 1945, are recovered. The plane had been flying supplies to British troops in Burma (now Myanmar).   2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned; purchased from the United States, it was originally known as…

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The Grey Cup in Lahore

November 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams

In late November 1965, Canadian peacekeepers at an air base in Lahore, Pakistan, received an early Christmas present—a film recording of the Grey Cup game. Nearly 100 Canadians had been deployed on a United Nations mission supervising a ceasefire between warring India and Pakistan in the fall of 1965. The Canadians provided air transport and…

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U.S. calls on Canada to ban China’s 5G networks

November 27, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
The national security adviser to the president of the United States has warned Ottawa against allowing Chinese telecom giant Huawei to install its 5G network in Canada, saying the technology would be used as a “Trojan Horse” to undermine national security and threaten the country’s trusted position among its allies. Speaking at an international...

Heroes and Villains: Gandhi & Godse

November 26, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
Hero: Mahatma Gandhi Two days before his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi said, “If I’m to die by the bullet of a madman, I must do so smiling. God must be in my heart and on my lips. And if anything happens, you are not to shed a single tear.” In 1915, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—already reverently...

Managing Canada’s Wartime Image

November 24, 2019 by Graham Chandler
The view looks out over the massive forward guns of a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer. “A never-ending stream of war supplies that Britain must have if victory is to be achieved, manned by men determined that the North Atlantic supply line not be broken,” booms the authoritative voice of Lorne Greene. It’s the opening...

The Art of Recruitment

November 23, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Canada was unprepared for the Second World War. It had only a score of aircraft and a handful of destroyers. Its army was small and lacked modern equipment. And coming out of the Depression, with the sacrifices of the First World War still vivid, Canadians were less than unanimous in their support. But how...

Chopper Mission

November 22, 2019 by Marc Milner
Story by Marc Milner Photography by Stephen J. Thorne The word comes in late in the evening: the president and the provisional government of “West Isles” are surrounded by a rebel force in the capital city of “Blue Mountain.” They need to be saved from the rebels if the peace-support mission in the region...

Rainbow veterans seeking recognition

November 21, 2019 by Tom MacGregor
The Rainbow Veterans of Canada (RVC) is a new veterans group looking at providing support for those who suffered discrimination in the Canadian Armed Forces because of their sexual orientation. “We want to work with other veterans groups. We want to belong to the veteran community,” said Diane Pitre, president of the group which...

War graves commission launches virtual tours of remote sites

November 20, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
Private Donald Alexander Pollock never made it overseas after the 24-year-old farm boy from Kramer, Sask., signed up with the Saskatchewan Regiment, on July 5, 1918. “Canada Only” is written in red ink on his brief service record, which states the five-foot, six-and-a-half-inch, 127-pound soldier was discharged in December 1918 “in consequence of having...

The sinking of U-536

November 20, 2019 by Sharon Adams
In an irony of war, a German U-boat meant to harry the eastern coast of Canada came to its bitter end in the mid-Atlantic, its surviving crew rescued by Canadian sailors. U-536 was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Rolf Shauenburg, who had joined the navy in 1934, and was already an officer when war was declared....

Afghanistan museum to be located in Calgary

November 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
The Military Museums in Calgary—the country’s second largest military museum—is poised to get a lot larger with an expansion including a new museum devoted to the war in Afghanistan.  “We’ve been honoured [to have been chosen] to be the permanent home of the Afghanistan legacy exhibit,” said director Doug Stinson. “There’s a lot of...

Navy apologizes for delayed release of health study

November 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
The Royal Canadian Navy has apologized for a five-year delay in releasing its study on the health of 56 navy crew who survived a 2004 fire aboard HMCS Chicoutimi. Chicoutimi is one of four retired diesel-electric submarines Canada bought from Britain in the late 1990s. The submarines needed extensive repair and retrofitting. Chicoutimi was...

Montreal is captured by the Americans

November 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
On Nov. 13, 1775, Montreal was captured, without a fight, by American revolutionaries. The American Revolution, the revolt by American Patriots in the British colonies on the Eastern Seaboard which began in April 1775, naturally boiled over from the Thirteen Colonies to British colonies in Canada. The rebels formed what was called the Continental...

Assault pioneers make a comeback in Canada

November 14, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
An age-old military tradition has returned to the Canadian Army just a few years after it was abandoned. Assault pioneers—long-known as the bearded, leather-aproned, axe-bearing innovators whose jobs originated with the Roman legions—are making a comeback, albeit with some modern twists. Attached to infantry units, they have typically been responsible for manual labour and...

Military justice system remains intact

November 13, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a 5-2 judgment that Canada’s military justice system does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially with respect to trial by jury. The case arose out of a guilty verdict in the court martial of Master Corporal Raphael Beaudry, who was...
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