The liberation of Zeeland

March 16, 2018 by Adam M. Tindal

The Battle of the Scheldt was a massive Canadian victory that was largely overshadowed by British and American triumphs of the Second World War. But not everyone has forgotten Canada’s Cinderella Army and the importance of its victory along the Scheldt River in the fall of 1944. As I arrive in Amsterdam, or ‘Venice of…

Face to Face

It does not require hindsight to criticize Montgomery’s strategy in September 1944. As Allied supply lines stretched farther and farther from the Normandy beaches, the problem of supplying the advancing troops was rapidly becoming unmanageable. With the French rail system still in chaos from bombing, virtually all supplies had to be brought forward by truck…


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March 14, 2018 by Legion Magazine

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The story of a forgotten airplane

March 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

In early March, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, led an expedition 800 kilometres east of Australia, where he found the long-lost wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea almost 76 years ago. Among the stunning images to come back from that deep-sea exploration were several…


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The price of sexual harassment in the military

March 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
The Canadian Armed Forces has gotten tough on sexual harassment and assault. Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has said ending this behaviour is at the top of his agenda. In the past year, dozens of military personnel have been discharged, demoted or fined for offences ranging from sexual relationships with a...

Deadline nears for cadets injured in 1974 blast

March 9, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Eight former army cadets involved in a grenade accident 44 years ago have not yet come forward to apply for financial compensation and health-care support under the 1974 Valcartier Grenade Incident Program. “We want to locate them as soon as possible, because the offer of compensation and health care expires in 2019,” said Gerry...

The changing face of recruiting

March 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Canadian demographics are changing and military recruiters will have to change with them if they want to keep up, says Darrell Bricker. “We have this perception of who this country is that is no longer true,” the chief executive officer of Ipsos Public Relations told the recent Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence. “We’re...

War and the women’s vote

March 7, 2018 by Valerie Knowles
This year marks the 100th anniversary of not only the end of the First World War, but also the extension of the federal suffrage to most Canadian women, a development spearheaded by tenacious Canadian suffragists and abetted by the war itself. Like the Allies’ victory in November 1918, the Canadian suffragists’ important, but incomplete,...

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Breathing life back into the charter

March 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The Pension for Life plan introduced by Veterans Affairs Canada in December is based on three programs: a monthly tax-free payment to recognize pain and suffering caused by a service-related illness or injury; income replacement for veterans experiencing trouble returning to the workforce; and a suite of services and benefits to help veterans in...
The Royal Canadian Legion has given cautious approval of the plan to return to lifelong pensions for Canada’s most severely disabled veterans by the spring of 2019. Making good on a Liberal Party promise to have an announcement by the end of 2017, Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan made the announcement on Dec. 20 at...

Major John Russell & Radovan Karadžić

March 1, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
On Dec. 24, 1993, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations Protection Force’s director of political affairs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, summoned his new military aide, Canadian Major John Russell, to his office. “John, we’re going to break the siege,” the diplomat declared. “I want you to find a way to get people out.” “Okay, sir,”...

A proper reaction

March 1, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
In early October, the army made it clear that the Canadian Armed Forces was not about to let racist behaviour among its members derail its reputation. Last year, some members of the CAF crossed the line from being military professionals to engaging in behaviour that goes beyond what they are allowed to do as...

On this date: March 2018

March 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 March 1945 Major Frederick Tilston leads an attack on the Hochwald Forest in Germany. Seriously wounded in an enemy counterattack, he refuses medical aid and defends his company’s position until his troops are secure. His actions earn him the Victoria Cross. 2 March 1815 Sir George Prévost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America, is relieved of his office and recalled to Britain. 3 March 1919 William E. Boeing and...

Statues in changing times

February 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
History is written by the victors—a quote that has widely been attributed to Winston Churchill, and also to Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Niccolo Machiavelli and Walter Benjamin, a German Jewish philosopher who committed suicide in 1940 rather than be caught by the Nazis. But victors tend to omit certain inconvenient truths. History, especially war...

March/April 2018 issue now available!

February 28, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The March/April 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. CHARGE OF THE CAVALRY 100 years ago, mounted Canadian soldiers made an ill-fated charge at enemy forces in Moreuil Wood, France. It was one of the last such charge Canadian troops...

The smoke of war

February 23, 2018 by Graham Chandler
“Our Boys Want Smokes,” trumpets a First World War storefront window poster sponsored by the Over-Seas Club. “For 25 cents we send a dollar’s worth. Contributions received here for Canada’s Tobacco Fund.” It was happening all across the country: show your patriotism and support our troops in the trenches overseas with gifts of tobacco....
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