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Taking solace in the
not-so-little things

September 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

Sometimes, the little things make a big difference. Sometimes the little things add up. And sometimes the little things are all you have. It might be wise to remember this as Canadian troops ramp up their peace operations in Mali, where they are conducting medical evacuations on behalf of United Nations forces trying to intervene…

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Our American airmen

September 13, 2018 by Peter Silverman

As Canada rushed to find instructors and aircrew for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, many Americans flocked north.   It was 1941 and Britain and the Allies were losing the war. German Panzers were sweeping across Russia and there seemed to be little to stop them. At home, the United States had not entered…

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The race to Cambrai

September 13, 2018 by Andrew Iarocci

In September 1918, German-occupied Cambrai was on the verge of falling. But could the Canadians reach the town in time to save it?   A century ago, the provincial town of Cambrai, France, was a focal point of major military operations on the Western Front. It was a vital military railway and road hub that…

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Ontario Command supports service dog program

September 13, 2018 by Legion Magazine

Wounded Warriors Canada’s PTSD Service Dog Program has expanded into Ontario with the help of a $225,000 donation from Ontario Command of the Legion. The money will fund 10 PTSD service dogs which will be paired with ill or injured veterans and their families. The move comes after the Canadian General Standards Board announced that…

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Regina Branch reopens with a new attitude

September 24, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Regina Branch may be a shadow of its old self, but what a shadow it still casts. The 2,000-square-metre classical moderne-style building was constructed in the heydays after the Second World War, when the branch had more than 2,500 members. Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the official opening in...

Great-grandfather inspires poster

September 12, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Meghan (Maria) Singson is heading to York University this fall to study philosophy. It’s only natural, then, that the graduate of Francis Libermann Catholic High School in Scarborough, Ont., brings depth and impact to her art. A self-described casual artist, Singson, 18, won the senior black and white poster category in the Legion’s 2018...

CANEX: The company store

September 12, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Back in the day, some 40-plus years ago, the CANEX store was a big deal to Brian Hynes and all the military brats with whom he hung out. Born the son of an air force navigator based at Comox, B.C., Hynes saw his share of small towns and remote postings, but he never wanted...

Witness to slaughter

September 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
For Dan Drew and the other Canadians who fought in Croatia over those few days in September 1993, the salient dividing Serb and Croation forces became “Canada’s Vietnam”—an obscure battle that for years went unrecognized, its soldiers unthanked, its scars unhealed. Four Canadians were wounded during the fierce and protracted confrontation. Many of the...

Heroes and Villains: Fletcher & d’Iberville

September 7, 2018 by Legion Magazine
JOHN FLETCHER In May 17, 1689, King William’s War between England and France formalized three previous years of open conflict over strategic fur-trade posts on Hudson Bay and James Bay. Control of these forts see-sawed back and forth. York Factory, situated as it was between the mouths of the Nelson and Hays rivers, provided...

Hearing-loss aid improved

September 7, 2018 by Legion Magazine
Hearing loss and tinnitus are common disabilities among veterans, and understandably so. Continuous exposure to loud noise—the whomp of a 25-pounder Howitzer, the rat-a-tat-tat of an M1919 Browning, the engine-room clatter of a frigate, the roar of a CF-18—all can have an irreversible impact on a person’s hearing. Ear protection protocols have come a...

Changes to hearing-loss disability benefits

September 7, 2018 by Legion Magazine
If you are in receipt of partial entitlement (1/5, 2/5, 3/5 or 4/5) for hearing loss, you should contact a Royal Canadian Legion command service officer to review your file. Why? Because on Feb. 23, 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada promulgated a new partial entitlement policy. The new policy provides guidance in awarding partial or...

Jack Widdicombe: From combine to Lancaster and back

September 5, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Lancaster pilot Jack Widdicombe was a wide-eyed Prairie farm boy about to be thrust into the inferno of Second World War Europe when he boarded a double-decker bus and toured London shortly after arriving in England. The 21-year-old native of Foxwarren, Man., and a pal set out to see the sights and instead encountered...

On this date: September 2018

September 4, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 September 1939 Nazi Germany invades Poland. 2 September 1918 After a week of heavy fighting, Canadian troops break through the Drocourt-Quéant Line at Arras, France. 7 September 1942 HMCS Raccoon is sunk by U-165 while on convoy duty near Pointe-au-Père, Que., killing all 37 crew on board. 9 September 1916 Corporal Leo Clarke...

September/October 2018 issue – Now Available!

September 4, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The September/October 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. WITNESS TO SLAUGHTER The Medak Pocket in Croatia was the place where, for Canada, peacekeeping went to die WAR AND THE SPANISH FLU As the First World War drew to a close, the...

FACE TO FACE: Should robots replace soldiers in war?

September 2, 2018 by Legion Magazine
Historian Matthew White estimates that 123 million people died in wars in the 20th century, and just 37 million of them were military. The rest were collateral civilian deaths (27 million), genocide and other mass murder (41 million) and consequential famines (18 million). Surely if there must be war at all in the 21st...

Battlefield Bots

August 30, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Legion Magazine sat down with the Canadian War Museum’s Second World War historian Dr. Jeff Noakes to learn more about the German’s Goliath Tracked Mine from the Second World War and its impact on the development of future remote-controlled devices. The seeds of today’s military robolution were sown a century ago in the muck...

Steaming up the track

August 29, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Some 650 young athletes, including 317 sponsored by local legions across Canada, met in a steaming hot Brandon, Man., for the 42nd annual National Youth Track and Field Championships from Aug.10-12. Weekend temperatures hit 40℃ as under-16 and under-18 youth competed for 333 medals in 87 events. They were supported by 300 volunteers, 124 coaches and...
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