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Filmmaker Garth Pritchard: The good fight

October 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

  “F/8 and be there” has been Garth Pritchard’s camera-ready mantra over more than 50 years as a journalist, rancher and raconteur. And the robust Alberta-based filmmaker has been all over the world with Canadian troops, from Africa and Burma to Afghanistan and the Balkans. Beloved by soldiers from one end of Canada to the…

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The law reaches Fort Whoop-Up

October 9, 2019 by Sharon Adams

  In 1873, the people of what is now southern Alberta and Saskatchewan had a serious complaint. With no police force, traders and outlaws who had fled prohibition in the United States had established a well-defended fort where they traded buffalo robes and sold U.S. whiskey, largely to First Nations people, and spread criminal chaos…

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Docbots and drones

October 4, 2019 by Sharon Adams

Military medics used to paint their helmets or wear armbands with red crosses to make themselves more visible, signalling to the enemy that they, and the soldiers they cared for, were not combatants. In a once widely respected humanitarian rule of war, they were not deliberately targeted. But they can no longer count on such…

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Hitler, Raeder, and the demise of the Kriegsmarine

October 2, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

  Given his obsessive, hands-on leadership, intolerance of failure, and penchant for brutal punishment, it had to be more than a little disconcerting when an infuriated Adolf Hitler learned details of a major sea battle from a British news agency hours before his own admirals told him about it. Der Führer was so angry that…

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Bringing the navy up to date

October 4, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
A nation’s defence policy is inextricably tied to that nation’s willingness or ability to defend its sovereignty over its lands, waters and skies. In Canada’s case, the Royal Canadian Navy must play a crucial role in knowing who is operating in Canadian waters, what their intentions are, and whether they constitute a danger to Canada...

On this date: October 2019

October 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 October 1944 Calais, France, is occupied by the 3rd Canadian Division. 2-3 October 1944 First Canadian Army begins its hard slog to clear the Scheldt Estuary in an effort to open the port of Antwerp. 4 October 1957 The first Avro Arrow rolls out on the same day the Russians launch the satellite Sputnik....

HMCS Iroquois damaged in Korea

September 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
  HMCS Iroquois was on its first tour of duty in Korea, under frequent fire as it patrolled the peninsula’s east coast, itself frequently firing on North Korean rail lines. A tunnel near Songjin on the main rail line carrying war supplies from Russia to North Korea was frequently shelled and under constant repair....

A new online health promotion

September 27, 2019 by Legion Magazine
Starting this September, veterans and their family members will be able to participate in a free online health promotion program called MissionVAV. This program, sponsored by the Veteran and Family Wellbeing Fund, is a fun way to improve wellness in different areas such as fitness, decreasing stress, improving sleep, eating healthier and losing weight. The program sets up...

Goggle-eyed lifesaver

September 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Legion Magazine sat down with Tim Cook, author and historian at the Canadian War Museum, to discuss the introduction of gas warfare in the First World War and the invention and evolution of Gas Masks used to save the soldiers’ lives. The first gas mask issued to British troops after the Germans unleashed the...

The costs of war (Part 2): Military greenhouse gas emissions

September 25, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
A series of reports produced by the Costs of War Project says the American military is contributing significantly to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than some developed countries and compromising national security in the process. The United States Department of Defense is “the world’s largest institutional user of petroleum and correspondingly, the single...

BOMARC missiles come to Canada

September 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
In 1957, the United States and Canada signed the North American Air Defence Agreement to place their air forces under joint command to facilitate defence of the entire continent from Soviet nuclear bombers. On Sept. 23, 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced that under that agreement, two Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons were to...

Cree chief exonerated after 1885 conviction

September 24, 2019 by Tom MacGregor
  Canadian military history was corrected in a formal ceremony on May 23 in Saskatchewan when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau exonerated Chief Poundmaker, who had been convicted of treason in 1885. Poundmaker was a Cree chief of a reserve at Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan. He had been involved in treaty negotiations with the...

Pilots Down

September 20, 2019 by Jim Cougle
Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the Delta was a versatile aircraft and pilots generally spoke...

Highland traditions on display at war museum

September 19, 2019 by Tom MacGregor
The skirl of the pipes can be heard at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa during a new exhibition dedicated to highland soldiers and the units they formed during the 20th century. The exhibition, Highland Warriors, opened June 7 and will run until Jan. 12. It features more than 200 artifacts from the war museum...

Newfoundland Regiment arrives at Suvla Bay

September 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
The Newfoundland Regiment got its first taste of trench warfare not in France or Belgium but at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where it joined a British army brigade on Sept. 20, 1915. For months, the British and troops from Australia and New Zealand had fought to take control of the Dardanelles strait...

U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says

September 18, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
The United States has spent $5.9 trillion on wars that have killed 480,000 people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says a new report. More than 244,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, which has created 21 million refugees and displaced persons, says the report by Brown University’s Watson Institute for...

Exercise eases traumatic brain injury

September 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams
It may be small, but a study of military traumatic brain injury (TBI) and exercise will produce one piece of a puzzle whose long-term effects we have only begun to understand. University of Ottawa researchers are searching for how best to treat the enigmatic injury. As of mid-July, they were looking for four pairs of subjects: Ottawa-area...
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