Military Milestones

The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

July 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams

The Great Depression was a time of wild political idealism around the world. There was wide talk about the need for reform, or even a new social order. In Canada, a third of the labour force was unemployed, many people relied on government relief to survive, and a network of camps opened across the country…

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A German commander’s assessment of the D-Day invasion

July 17, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

A field report submitted by Adolf Hitler’s commander-in-chief on the western front said the Allies’ invading D-Day forces gained a foothold in occupied Europe due to four key factors. In the report filed two weeks after the June 6, 1944, invasion, Field Marshal Karl R. Gerd von Rundstedt said the Allies’ “complete mastery in the…

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O Canada: Moon legs

July 16, 2019 by Don Gillmor

What was the first thing to touch the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969? Before Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface with the words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” the Canadian-made legs of the lunar landing module settled into the dust of the moon. The legs were…

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Soldier’s Aid Commission still helping veterans

July 15, 2019 by Tom MacGregor

With more than 100 years of service, the little-known Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission (SAC) is still carrying on its mandate to financially assist veterans from the Second World War, Korean War and their dependants. When the First World War began, there was no department to look after veterans or pensions to support those who were…

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At what price?

July 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
– Illustration by Robert Carter – Five years after the Canadian military lowered the flag for the last time in Afghanistan, the first war in which post-traumatic stress injury was recognized as a war wound, it seems impossible to determine how much the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and related mental-health conditions have added...

First Blood

July 10, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
Wednesday, March 13, 2002, broke sunny and cool as 500 Canadian soldiers assembled on the tarmac in the yellow morning light at the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Wearing their new green camouflage fatigues on combat operations for the first time, they sat and stood in groups of 30 to 40 soldiers, preparing...

The sinking of the Königsberg

July 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
When the First World War broke out, Harold James Arnold was a wireless operator working in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of British Columbia. In 1915, he earned a Distinguished Service Order for his actions July 6 and 11 as a wireless operator for the Royal Naval...
Ending veterans’ homelessness requires a co-ordinated national plan, targeted funding for housing projects, a rent supplement—and involvement of the Legion. “The Royal Canadian Legion, with its nationwide network, is simply irreplaceable in terms of translating national objectives to the local level,” said the federal Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs chaired by MP Neil Ellis...

Homeless veterans project takes shape

July 8, 2019 by Sharon Adams
If all goes as planned, sometime in August, ground will be broken for a project that will not only provide stable, supportive housing for homeless veterans in Ottawa, but serve as a template that can be copied elsewhere. “We know it’s needed not just here; it’s needed across the country,” said Suzanne Le, executive...

Counting veterans

July 5, 2019 by Legion Magazine
We know that some 7,000 Canadians served in the South African War, approximately 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders enlisted during the First World War, more than one million served in the Second World War, more than 26,000 served in the Korean War, and several hundred thousand have served in the Canadian Armed Forces since then....

Cross Border Doctor

July 4, 2019 by Murray Brewster
It can be extraordinary who and what you will find when digging into family history. In an article for Legion Magazine last year, CBC journalist Murray Brewster wrote about the Battle of Ridgeway and the eyewitness account of his great-great-grandfather, a doctor and United States Civil War veteran, who in June 1866 tended wounded...

Last men standing

July 3, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
More than a million Canadians served in the Second World War. As of March 31, 2018, just 41,100 of them remained, according to Veterans Affairs Canada. They averaged 93 years old. Some 25,000 Canadians served in Korea. Sixteen months ago, 7,200 survived, average age 86. Here are the last surviving veterans of Canada’s previous...

CBC covers the Battle of Carpiquet

July 3, 2019 by Sharon Adams
War correspondent Matthew Halton covered the Second World War for the CBC. Here is an extract from a recording of what he saw and heard during the Canadian attack on Carpiquet village and airfield July 4, 1944. “This is Matthew Halton of the CBC speaking from France. “It’s two minutes to five in Normandy...

Face to Face: Should space be weaponized?

July 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
In late March, India announced that it had successfully shot down one of its own satellites using an interceptor fired from the ground. In doing so, India became only the fourth nation to gain this capacity after the United States, Russia and China. The move brought the weaponization of space even closer, adding to...

Heroes and Villains

July 2, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
HERO: MALALA YOUSAFZAI On Oct. 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was returning from school when a man jumped onto the van’s tailboard and shouted, “Who is Malala?” One of three bullets fired struck Yousafzai in the left side of the head, rendering her unconscious. The shooting was the culmination of Yousafzai’s refusal to be...

On this date: July 2019

July 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 July 1916 At Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, 780 men of the Newfoundland Regiment advance into point-blank fire from German machine guns; only 68 answer roll call the next day. 3 July 1931 The first ships built for the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Skeena, complete their maiden voyages to Halifax from Portsmouth,...

July/August 2019 issue – Now Available!

July 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
The July/August 2019 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. CROSS-BORDER DOCTOR My great-great-grandfather was one of thousands of Canadians who served in the American Civil War AT WHAT PRICE? We know that troops on high-stress missions are liable to experience mental-health wounds....
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