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In Afghanistan, a region of the world no-one really likes to talk about anymore, the Taliban has kicked off its traditional spring offensive with a huge attack in Kabul that killed more than 60 people. The blast and subsequent attack took place at an Afghan government building and was one of the deadliest single events…

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The profiteers of war

April 2, 2016 by Matthew Bellamy
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Unseemly profits were made during the First World War while men by the thousands were dying in the trenches   The worst thing a businessman can do in wartime is to earn excess profits, making millions while men die. Praying in public while preying in private. Halliburton is still a tarnished brand in the United…

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New memorial honours First World War nurses

March 8, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
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The lonely graves of two Canadian nurses who died during the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War received a new memorial last year, according to the 2014-15 Annual Report of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) released in December. Matron Jessie Jaggard and Nursing Sister Mary Frances Munro both served with the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital…

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Focus on veterans

March 7, 2016 by Sharon Adams
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Bomb aimer Charlie Walker and dozens of other veterans are the subject of one photographer’s labour of love Photography by Ludmila Schnaider     RCAF Flying Officer Charles W. Walker flew 34 missions with Britain’s Royal Air Force Bomber Command during the Second World War—28 missions as a bomb aimer, four food drops and two…

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The U.S.’s secret Afghanistan casualty

April 21, 2016 by Adam Day
An honor guard from the 1st Special Forces Group transports the flag draped coffin of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman late Tuesday night at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. More than 60 Special Forces soldiers from Fort Lewis were present. It was one of the longest-held secrets of the Afghan war–what exactly was Nathan Ross Chapman doing in Eastern Afghanistan in early 2002 when he became the very first American soldier to die by enemy fire in the war? Well, after 13 years the CIA has finally admitted that Chapman was working for them....

Journalists go behind ISIL lines

April 14, 2016 by Adam Day
ISIS CARS File this under the department of things that happened once and will likely never happen again. A father-and-son team of German journalists managed to convince the Islamic State (or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever you prefer) to take them on a tour of their capital city, Raqqa, and their biggest prize, Mosul. A book...
Canadian Army soldiers from the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery prepare to secure a simulated building while participating in combat first aid training at CFB Shilo, Manitoba, on March 18, 2016.

Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet, Canadian Army Public Affairs
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Des soldats de l’Armée canadienne du 1er Régiment du Royal Canadian Horse Artillery s’apprêtent à sécuriser un bâtiment factice dans le cadre d’une instruction de premiers soins au combat à la BFC Shilo, au Manitoba, le 18 mars 2016.

Photo : Cplc Louis Brunet, Affaires publiques de l’Armée canadienne 
AS01-2016-0016-001 In the early days of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, just as we were transitioning from Kabul to the badlands around Kandahar City, then-Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier made a point of rather prominently spelling out for Canadians that the new mission was, in his famous phrase, against “detestable murderers and scumbags”—and that...

The aircrew boot

April 5, 2016 by Sharon Adams
ART 1 It concealed escape tools and was designed to transform into an ordinary shoe When Erin Napier is asked about her favourite item in the collection of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ont., the curator produces a pair of well-worn leather boots, originally property of Second World War Lancaster flight engineer James Allward....

What the Russians left behind in Syria

March 31, 2016 by Adam Day
Kit2 Now that Vladimir Putin has officially ended the Russian bombing campaign in Syria—where the main targets of his bombs were Syrian rebels, not ISIS—it has come to light that some of their normally secretive special operations forces have been committed to battle against the Islamic State itself. What actually happened was that during the...

On this date: April 2016

March 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Bergen-belsen     1 APRIL 1734 Canada’s first lighthouse goes into operation at Louisbourg, the French fortress on Cape Breton Island. 2 APRIL 1973 Canada’s first national lottery is announced; it raises $15 million toward the $1.5 billion 1976 Summer Olympics. 3 APRIL 1669 King Louis XIV of France orders all Canadian males 16 to...

Humour Hunt

March 24, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Here is a naval yarn from John MacLean, Georgetown, Ont.: Engaged in NATO exercises off Bermuda, the Canadian aircraft-carrier Bonaventure overtook an old American submarine recharging its batteries on the surface. The sub was making about eight knots, close to her maximum speed. The Bonnie flashed a signal to the sub: “We are making...
Plantu There’s no shortage of pundits willing to explain what’s happening in the world right now – the Middle East in flames, refugees inundating Europe, and a steady stream of terrorist atrocities across the world. The latest of these attacks killed dozens across two separate sites in Belgium earlier this week. ISIS has claimed responsibility...

Two trigger fingers

March 24, 2016 by Legion Magazine
My story From the Department of High-Stakes Charades Twenty-five years ago, Richard Austin served in the Persian Gulf War aboard HMCS Athabaskan. One of few people in Canada trained on the ship’s newest weapons system, he found himself in a predicament We had only two weeks to get ready after Prime Minister Brian Mulroney decided to...

The rarely mentioned war

March 20, 2016 by Richard Gimblett
PW How the Persian Gulf War changed the Canadian Armed Forces It doesn’t feel like a quarter-century has gone by since the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. When I entered the Royal Military College as an officer cadet in 1975, it similarly had been 25 years since the start of the Korean War in 1950—not to...

A year of heavy bombing

March 17, 2016 by Adam Day
A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet takes off on its last mission in Kuwait during Operation IMPACT ROTO2 on February 14, 2016.

Photo: Op IMPACT, DND
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Un chasseur CF-188 Hornet de l’Aviation royale canadienne décollent en vue de prendre part à son dernière mission au Koweït, le 14 février 2016, dans le cadre de la rotation 2 de l’opération IMPACT.

Photo : Op IMPACT, MDN
KW04-2016-0059-001 Of the many ways to look at the global conflict situation in the past year or two, perhaps one of the starkest comes from an analysis of where the United States and its coalition partners (including Canada) have used airpower, and how often. According to research done by Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at...

Pensions, awards rise by 1.2 per cent

March 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Veterans Affairs Canada raised pensions, awards and allowances paid under the Pension Act by 1.2 per cent in 2016. VAC adjusts the rates for disability pensions and allowances on Jan. 1 each year. The amount is based on the Consumer Price Index in accordance with the Pension Act. Readers who think they may be...

Mending fences

March 12, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Hehr Kent Hehr, the new Minister of Veterans Affairs, promises to make veterans’ lives better in 2016   Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr, the 30th since the department was created at the end of the Second World War, is often pictured in shirtsleeves, looking as if he has momentarily abandoned a pile of work and is anxious...
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