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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 and…


Cancelled flights didn’t stop darts winner

July 13, 2018 by Tom MacGregor

Singles dart player Darren MacNevin from Charlottetown Branch was just glad he was playing at all. No stranger to the Dominion Darts Championships, he qualified to represent Prince Edward Island for the 2018 championships held May 4-6 at Terrebonne Heights Branch in Mascouche, Que., but he didn’t make it to the Friday night meet-and-greet. Bad…


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VAC moves to set standards for service dogs

July 12, 2018 by Sharon Adams

Veterans Affairs Canada has announced it will develop its own standards for training of psychiatric service dogs after the Canadian General Standards Bureau backed out of developing a nationwide code. The Royal Canadian Legion and other advocates have pushed for national standards, saying they are essential in making trainers more accountable, ensuring the safety of veterans and dogs…

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Reinhard Hardegen: Last of the U-boat aces

July 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

He ranked No. 24 on the list of Germany’s Second World War U-boat aces but, in sheer chutzpah, few could compare with Reinhard Hardegen. Hardegen died in Germany on June 9 at age 105, the last of a breed both reviled and respected for preying on all manner of Allied ships from beneath the waves—a…


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Attack on Assoro

July 9, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
Whether it was a daring plan or a desperate gamble was debatable. But Brigadier Howard Graham of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade and Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce Sutcliffe of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (the Hasty Ps) agreed it was the only conceivable possibility for wresting Monte Assoro out of German hands. From the floor...

Care for caregivers

July 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
She is 88 years old. Her 93-year-old husband of 67 years is a veteran of the Second World War. Due to hearing loss attributable to his service, he receives a disability pension and other benefits under the Pension Act. They still live in their home. A year ago, he fell and broke his left...

Riddle of the Enigma

July 6, 2018 by Sharon Adams
 In this new video interview, Legion Magazine sat down with mathematician, computer scientist and Enigma Machine collector and expert Richard Brisson to discuss the riddle of the Enigma. BONUS: Be sure to look out for the red letters throughout the questions in the video. If you unscramble them, it will spell something or someone...

Dangerous mission to Mali accepted

July 5, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
Finally, after two and a half years of governing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government decided to send a small Canadian military mission to aid United Nations troops trying to enforce the peace in Mali in West Africa. The key part of the mission, announced in mid-March, is tentatively to supply two CH-147 Chinook transport...

The Snowbirds backstage

July 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
It’s July 1. Nine pilots are seated around the table in a small boardroom at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 18 kilometres from Parliament Hill as the Snowbird flies. The room is a sea of Canadian red, for these are the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, and this is Canada Day 2018....

Was the Dieppe Raid just a raid?

July 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
Early 1942 was a dark period for the Allies in the Second World War. The United States was by now a belligerent, but the situation was bleak. The Soviet Army was hard pressed to withstand the German onslaught that threatened Moscow, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin appealed for—or, to be correct, demanded—an immediate second...

July/August 2018 issue is now available!

July 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The July/August 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. FOUR SOLDIERS, FOUR BATTLES In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive DAM WARFARE How a terror group used the apocalyptic...

On this date: July 2018

July 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 July 1943 The second of two Canadian convoys departs Scotland en route to the Mediterranean. 2 July 1885 Plains Cree chief Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) surrenders to North West Mounted Police officers, ending the Northwest Rebellion. 3 July 1931 HMC ships Saguenay and Skeena complete maiden voyages to Halifax. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian...
On Nov. 13, 1821, Captain Barnabas Lincoln and his crew, including a Newfoundlander, set sail from Boston aboard the schooner Exertion. They were bound for the Cuban town of Trinidad loaded with foodstuffs and furniture. They had no idea what they were in for, but the tome-like title of the skipper’s 40-page account, completed...

Blood in the Mud | 360 VR-Experience

June 27, 2018 by Legion Magazine
This video is best viewed on a mobile device or VR headset. Use headphones for a fully immersive environment. Experience the First World War Battle of Beaumont-Hamel from a perspective never before portrayed. Brought to you by Legion Magazine, this 360/VR experience is an artist’s representation of the past and present landscape during and following the battle that took...
Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story present Military Moments | Battle of the Somme. Written by Don Gillmor and narrated by journalist, broadcaster, and novelist Linden MacIntyre, the video explores the devastation of the bloodiest battle of the First World War. It depicts the sacrifice from the British, French, and Canadian Expeditionary Force in...

Performance enhancers and war go hand in hand

June 20, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
The use of performance-enhancing drugs has a long history in war, both as a product of state-sanctioned programs and illicit use by participants. Aggression, energy and alertness have always been critical to any warfighter, but artificial means of achieving and maintaining a state of combat readiness have evolved—or devolved, as the case may be—and...
A global arms race is simmering, only this one does not involve robots, nuclear weapons, laser beams or other futuristic gadgets. Rather, these rivals are trying to outdo one another in an age-old quest to extend the limits of the human body. Militaries around the world, Canada’s included, are testing supplements, stimulants and other...
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