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Artifacts: Scale model

January 16, 2019 by Sharon Adams

 Legion Magazine’s Stephen J. Thorne sat down with Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, to discuss what is perhaps the most divisive Canadian project and program of the 20th century – The Avro Arrow. A component of the Artifacts feature series by Sharon Adams. Please turn up the volume!…


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The folly of militarizing space

January 16, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

It was a sunny, warm Wednesday in September 1962 when U.S. President John F. Kennedy laid down what many still consider the guiding principles of humanity’s great endeavour into space. He was speaking to a crowd of 40,000 at the Rice University football stadium in Houston, many of them wide-eyed schoolchildren, their heads filled with…

Military Milestones

The Gulf War begins

January 16, 2019 by Legion Magazine

The Persian Gulf War began on Jan. 16-17, 1991, when a coalition of 35 countries under the United Nations came together to push Iraq out of Kuwait. Iraq invaded on Aug. 2, 1990, claiming Kuwaiti oil rigs were tapping into Iraqi oil fields and that Kuwait was really a part of Iraq. Canadian warships were…


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Medical cannabis research expected to grow

January 15, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes poses particular health risks for veterans. Though only a fraction of marijuana users are veterans, they are more likely to have conditions treated with medical marijuana, said James MacKillop, co-director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, at the 2018 Canadian Institute for Military and...

The ‘fightingest’ ship in the navy

January 11, 2019 by Don Gillmor
In the course of its remarkable life, HMCS Haida was attacked by German bombers, engaged with enemy battleships, participated in the Normandy invasion, escorted Russian convoys, sank U-boats, circumnavigated the globe, and shelled trains during the Korean War. One of 27 Tribal-class destroyers built between 1937 and 1945, Haida is the only one that...

Maggie delivers peacekeepers to the Suez Canal

January 11, 2019 by Legion Magazine
On Jan. 12, 1957, HMCS Magnificent arrived at Port Said, Egypt, delivering Canadian peacekeepers for the UN Emergency Force policing the Suez Crisis. Light aircraft carriers built in Britain during the Second World War, Magnificent and HMCS Warrior were earmarked for Canada in anticipation of an expanded role in the Pacific. Only one carrier...

Douglas Gordon (Part 2): The troubles with Typhoons

January 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
If the Germans didn’t get you, the Typhoon just might. Flying Officer Douglas Gordon knew it only too well. Between June and August 1944, 19 Allied squadrons—his own among them—lost hundreds of the hulking aircraft and 150 pilots, many of them due to engine or structural failure. “She was a monster; she was just...
Back in 2002 and into 2003, a tempest swirled in an Ottawa teapot over the combat fatigues Canadian troops were wearing to a war 10,600 kilometres away. Here were our soldiers, God forbid, wearing green in the arid climes of Afghanistan. The uniforms were an embarrassment, declared the pundits and politicians, none of whom...

A sign of service

January 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
Last September, the federal government announced it is reinstating service cards for Canada’s veterans, following considerable demand from military members, veterans and veteran-support organizations. This is a very good and overdue move, but it could go further. The Veteran’s Service Card (VSC) is being issued to eligible Canadian Armed Forces members when they leave...

Heroes and Villains: Garbo & Arabel

January 4, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
Juan Pujol became the most successful double agent of the Second World War, playing a critical role in D-Day’s success AGENT GARBO The brutality of the Spanish Civil War led poultry farmer and reluctant Spanish soldier Juan Pujol to despise totalitarian regimes. With the success achieved by Nazi Germany at the outset of the...

A day of healing

January 2, 2019 by Sharon Adams
On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, white wreaths evoked Ottawa’s first Armistice Day   They began to gather at 7 a.m., the first of a crowd that swelled to 35,000 at the Remembrance Day service in the nation’s capital. Many came to mark the 100th anniversary of the...

January/February 2019 issue – Now Available!

January 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
The January/February 2019 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already.   Coming home Meticulously colourized images kindle a renewed appreciation of the burdens carried by homecoming soldiers   Pépère’s war story Henry Goulet’s First World War journal, adapted by his granddaughter,...

On this date: January 2019

January 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of CPR chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths are awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 3-4 January 1951 UN forces evacuate Seoul, Korea, as it...

The legacy of “Mr. Veteran”

December 31, 2018 by Don Gillmor
Born in Fort William (today’s Thunder Bay, Ont.) in 1919, Cliff Chadderton enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on Oct. 15, 1939, with the idea of playing hockey for them. He had been playing for the Winnipeg Rangers, farm team for the New York Rangers. “That’s really why I got into the Army,” he said. ...

A prime minister of war and peace

December 27, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The calm and soft-spoken Lester Pearson, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was ironically the prime minster with the longest war experience. Pearson enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in April 1915, as soon as he turned 18, and served as a medical orderly in England, Egypt and Greece, including stints as a...

Douglas Gordon (Part 1): Bail out or glide for England

December 26, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Given a choice between parachuting into the frigid waters of the English Channel or nursing his dying aircraft for as far as he could take it, Flying Officer Douglas Gordon chose what he saw as the lesser evil—and it may well have saved his life. It was May 3, 1944. Gordon and 17 other...
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