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Alex Trebek narrates Military Moments | The Dieppe Raid

August 17, 2018 by Legion Magazine

 Ahead of the 76th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story present Military Moments | The Dieppe Raid. Narrated by legendary Canadian television host Alex Trebek of Jeopardy, the video explores the disastrous Dieppe Raid of Aug. 19, 1942, which is most commonly remembered by a grim statistic—the greatest one-day losses sustained by the…

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Spitfire documentary soars with nostalgia

August 15, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

For its aerial cinematography alone, airplane geeks and war history buffs alike will love the new documentary Spitfire: The Plane That Saved the World. Under the image direction of renowned aviation photographer John Dibbs, the aerial footage—set against dramatic cloudscapes, the pastoral English countryside, the English Channel and, of course, the white cliffs of Dover—is…

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Pilot project tailors benefits to veterans’ needs

August 12, 2018 by Legion Magazine

Over the next three years Veterans Affairs Canada will roll out a guided support program for certain veterans and their families who need help navigating the department’s processes. “Previously it was up to the veteran to apply for benefits and services, (but) veterans often did not have enough information to be able to ask the…

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A grand hotel

August 10, 2018 by Don Gillmor

The Château Frontenac opened on Dec. 11, 1893, one of the grand Canadian Pacific Railway hotels that include the Banff Springs Hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise. Designed by American architect Bruce Price, it sits on a prominent site in Quebec City, perched 54 metres above the St. Lawrence River. Several additions over the years…

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Playing cribbage with uncle leads to win

August 13, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Gary Moore was nine or 10 years old when he started playing cribbage with his Uncle Bertie by lamplight at their old family home in Pleasant Bay, near Cheticamp, N.S. Uncle Bertie was a farmer and fisherman out of the Cape Breton village of Red River just off the Cabot Trail, and...

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re-evaluates defence capabilities

August 8, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Canada has reaffirmed its support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) while the European Union weighs its limited options after United States President Donald Trump launched double-barreled criticisms of both the 69-year-old military alliance and the EU. In a recent column for the National Post, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan reaffirmed previously...

The great call-up

August 7, 2018 by Graham Chandler
What was it like to be conscripted during the First World War? In 1910, William Joseph Rowntree dropped out of school to work full time on his father’s mixed farm near Weston, Ont. So when Ottawa issued its Proclamation Calling Out Class 1 on Oct. 12, 1917, it was well into harvest season and he knew...

Four soldiers, four battles

August 3, 2018 by Tim Cook
In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive The Hundred Days campaign was a series of battles unleashed by the Allied forces from Aug. 8, 1918, to the end of the war on the Western Front in France and Belgium on Nov....

Winston wets his whistle: Churchill’s indulgences

August 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
In December 1941, just days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt informed his wife Eleanor that a guest, or guests, would be coming to stay at the White House. “He told me I could not know who was coming, nor how many, but I must be prepared to...

On this Date: August 2018

August 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada announces it will send a naval task group. 3 August 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first test call on a telephone, to his uncle, David Charles Bell, who spoke to him from a telegraph office in Brantford, Ont. 4 August 1914 Canada declares war on Germany....

Dealing with hearing loss

July 31, 2018 by Sharon Adams
The profession of arms is hard on hearing. The roar of engines, thunder of artillery, ear-splitting shrill of sirens, high hum of an engine room, jackhammering of weapons fire, piercing clang of metal on metal—even the joyful sound of instruments in a marching band—take a toll on the ears of members of the Canadian Armed...

New initiatives come into effect

July 26, 2018 by Legion Magazine
On April 1, 2018, the new initiatives announced in the 2017 federal budget came into effect. As of that same date, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act became known as the Veterans Well-being Act (VWA). The Caregiver Recognition Benefit supports caregivers with a tax-free monthly benefit of $1,000 provided directly...
It’s telling that the finalists for the most prestigious prize in photojournalism were all connected to some form of conflict, yet the principal subjects in all six photographs were civilians. For the first time in its 61-year history, the esteemed World Press Photo (WPP) competition this year announced nominees for its grand prize before...

The long wait for peace

July 24, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Recent overtures for a treaty between North Korea and South Korea can be traced back 65 years The world awaits a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War, 65 years after an armistice ceased the fighting between military forces. The Korean War went into hiatus with the signing of an armistice on July 27,...

Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

July 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
The Jack Tars of the Royal Navy may have ruled the seven seas in the 19th century, but Royal Air Force pilots owned the skies over Britain in the 20th. Indeed, Britain’s “finest hour,” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill called it, came mainly thanks to RAF pilots, whose staunch defence and willing sacrifice against overwhelming...

Norman Schwarzkopf and Saddam Hussein

July 17, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
When placed in command, take charge.” This was more than just a catchy quote by General Norman Schwarzkopf. The four-star general was 56 when United States President George H.W. Bush appointed him to command the multinational coalition responding to Iraq’s forced annexation of Kuwait in August 1990. Immediately after the Iraqi invasion, Schwarzkopf initiated...

Dam warfare

July 13, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
How a terror group rooted in ancient texts and prophesies used the apocalyptic properties of water in its global war.     The Islamic State brought a multitude of weapons to bear in its crusade to create a global caliphate, but few raised more concern than its control over water. Using the Internet, imagery...
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