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Help choose the September/October issue of Legion Magazine! The next issue of Legion Magazine explores life after Japan’s formal surrender in September 1945 which brought an end to the Second World War. We also explore the 50th anniversary of the October Crisis and the introduction of tank warfare in the First World War. All that…

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A tale of two PoWs

July 11, 2020 by Sharon Adams

In the spring and summer of 1943, while an officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force was overseeing the secret excavation of tunnels for a mass escape from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp—the subject of the movie The Great Escape—a German naval officer was doing the same thing for a mass escape from a Canadian PoW camp 6,500 kilometres to…

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The United States military is spending an escalating proportion of its massive budget on contractors with little accountability for where and how the money is spent, says a new report. The practice opens doors to overspending and corruption and hides war’s true costs, both monetary and human, says the report from Brown’s University’s Costs of…

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HMCS Labrador explores the Arctic

July 8, 2020 by Sharon Adams

Commissioned on July 8, 1954, HMCS Labrador was the first warship to sail across the Northwest Passage, returning to home port in Halifax via the Panama Canal, the first to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage. But the Wind-class icebreaker’s biggest contributions were mapping the waterways and establishing Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. At…

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Veterans streaming service launches mobile app

July 6, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
The Veterans Channel, a free global streaming service specializing in programming for military, ex-military and first responders, has announced a new mobile application offering a range of services to its followers. The Veterans Lifestyle App provides a mobile link to Veterans Channel programming as well as feature articles and event updates. More importantly, the...

Dominion convention and other events rescheduled

July 6, 2020 by Legion Magazine
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Dominion Convention has been rescheduled to Aug. 12-19, 2021, at the TCU Place convention centre in Saskatoon. All other arrangements will be the same as planned. The following convention will be in 2024 in order to resume dominion conventions in even-numbered years. Senior elected officers of Dominion...

Weathering the storm

July 3, 2020 by Legion Magazine
“Within the Legion, I have witnessed and learned of countless heartfelt initiatives to help our veterans and communities weather this storm.” With those words, Tom Irvine, President of the Royal Canadian Legion, captured the essence of the generosity and camaraderie that runs through Canada’s military and veteran community, particularly in these troubled times. Branches...

Heroes and Villains: The sniper and the target

July 3, 2020 by Mark Zuehlke
THE SNIPER In late May or early June 2017 (the exact date is classified), a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) sniper team shattered previous distance records with a stunning 3,540-metre kill shot. The team, serving as part of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, was providing cover protection for Iraqi security forces engaging Islamic State...

On this date: July/August 2020

July 2, 2020 by Legion Magazine
1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an...
ERNIE REGEHR is senior fellow with The Simons Foundation of Vancouver and co-founder of Project Ploughshares. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Armed Forces declared it was ready to mobilize up to 24,000 troops to “assist with humanitarian support, wellness checks, natural disaster responses and other tasks as required.” By mid-April, Canadian Rangers...

Prairie boys tossed at sea in WW II’s longest battle

July 2, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
It’s an odd twist to the story of the Second World War that many of those who fought its longest battle, the Battle of the Atlantic, were Prairie boys who left their landlocked homes and put to sea aboard small ships in some of the world’s most storm-tossed waters. The soothing waves of Prairie...
Some 6,800 veterans may receive compensation and increases in their long-term disability payments following a Federal Court ruling in favour of their class-action suit that argued monthly allowances should be included along with base salary in the military’s disability insurance plan benefit calculations. Former warrant officer Simon Logan served as the test case in...

The first day of the Battle of the Somme

July 1, 2020 by Sharon Adams
The Battle of the Somme lasted more than four months, but a single half hour on a single day, the day the battle started, is burned into Newfoundlanders’ hearts. July 1, 1916, was the day the men of the Newfoundland Regiment advanced into a blizzard of machine-gun bullets as they tried to cross no...
The art world is rife with paintings of old men. The halls of power, academia, galleries and museums are festooned with centuries’ worth of portraits of males who supposedly changed the world, a little or a lot. So when it was suggested to artist Catherine Jones nearly 20 years ago that she start painting...

Ordeal at sea

June 24, 2020 by Sharon Adams
At 7 p.m. June 25, 1944, at the end of a 10-hour anti-submarine patrol that had taken them 400 kilometres north of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, RCAF Flight Lieutenant David Ernest Hornell and his crew of eight aboard Canso 9754 were thinking of returning to land. The weather was turning bad, with low clouds and...

Guarding the Northwest Passage

June 17, 2020 by Sharon Adams
On June 16, 1903, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and a crew of six left home waters in a herring boat names Gjøa to sail to Canada in search of a way to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Ocean across Northern Canada. He was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic...

New podcasts profile military women

June 17, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
Eleanor Taylor was just 17 years old when, oblivious to any gender barriers real or imagined, she joined the infantry with a simple plan to find excitement and adventure in the world beyond the small Nova Scotia town where she grew up. Having overcome the challenges of basic training, she would go on to...
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