Army

Chemistry experiments

May 26, 2016 by Graham Chandler
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Soldiers were used in the testing of chemical and biological weapons in the Second World War   When Lucien Chasse, a quarry driller from Quebec with a Grade 4 education and little English, signed up for the Canadian Army on Nov. 10, 1943, he had no idea what awaited him. The personnel-selection officer rated his…

Front Lines Russland-Süd, Panzer III, Schützenpanzer, 23.Pz.Div.

In the aftermath of the First World War and its horrific trench warfare, the German military developed a new doctrine of smashing enemy defensive lines with columns of armour and then racing into their rear areas to create chaos. In the beginning at least, this strategy worked pretty well. It was called blitzkrieg and, during…

Health

The tell-tale brain

May 19, 2016 by Sharon Adams
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Scanners that show how the brain’s chemistry changes from moment to moment—and from thought to thought—promise new views into the inner workings of the traumatized mind   Retired Master Corporal Don Leonardo of Airdrie, Alta., a third-generation soldier, has battled PTSD since serving with the United Nations protection force in Yugoslavia in 1994, a mission not so…

Defence Today

The warrior minister

May 12, 2016 by Adam Day
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan talks with media in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Matthew Usherwood

Harjit Sajjan on the difference between the Taliban and Islamic State, why Russia is not behaving like a democratic nation, what we may have done wrong in Afghanistan, and a candid answer concerning his least-favourite thing about being a politician   Canada’s war against the Islamic State has switched into a higher gear. Hundreds of our special…

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The new world of UN peacekeeping

May 23, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
Eye on Defence In late February, the Washington Post published an extensive story on “peacekeeper babies” in the Central African Republic. These are the children of sexual assaults perpetrated on local women by troops serving with the United Nations. These assaults are being investigated by the UN, which has uncovered other cases of malfeasance in other UN...
invictus games As all eyes turn toward the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto with The Royal Canadian Legion as one of the sponsors, the results and stories from the 2016 games are pouring in. Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister on the show, was involved in an effort...
devilsbrigade   It was the only time North American soil was occupied by the enemy during the Second World War, and something had to be done. The place in question is Kiska, a desolate, eight-kilometre-wide piece of rock that sits on the border between the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, a part of Alaska’s...

Military service and the long term

May 12, 2016 by Sharon Adams
A decade ago, Veterans Affairs Canada’s Gerontological Advisory Council brought to public attention something serving military and veterans have always known: military service has long-term effects on health, and we’re not just talking about war wounds. At the time, the council was concerned that there be adequate services to support veterans of the world...
A member of Air Task Force - Iraq Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) takes aim at a shooting range in Camp Patrice Vincent, Kuwait, during Operation IMPACT on August 20, 2015.

Photo: OP IMPACT, DND
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Un membre de la force auxiliaire de sécurité (FAS) de la Force opérationnelle aérienne en Irak vise une cible au champ de tir, au Camp Patrice Vincent, au Koweït, au cours de l’opération IMPACT, le 20 août 2015.

Photo : Opération IMPACT, MDN
KW02-2015-0176-080 It’s easy to think ISIS might possibly know what they’re doing; I mean, it’s not like they don’t have significant battlefield victories to their credit. However, and on the other hand, it’s clear that the majority of ISIS fighters are recruits given rudimentary military training and then sent into a combat; and anyone who’s...

A monument for the missing

May 2, 2016 by Jason Duprau
IMG_5050 The Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium— a memorial to 54,395 Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave—is the setting for a daily ritual of remembrance   It is 5:00 a.m. and the streets of Ypres, Belgium, are dark and quiet. I’m out early today, on my way to the Menin Gate. I want to experience...

Our back pages: 1946-1960

May 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
OBP 4 Resettlement and a larger magazine Third in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of  The Legionary and Legion Magazine After the Second World War, The Legionary became an important vehicle for communicating news of benefits available to returning veterans. Still, the Legion had problems putting forth its positions and increasing membership since not all...
What is happening right now in Iraq is politically unclear. The main questions involve whether Canada is at war (officially, not), whether Canadian troops are on a combat mission (officially, denied) and, more importantly, whether the huge multi-pronged alliance campaign (of which Canada is a part, undeniably) will actually succeed in destroying the Islamic...

Heroes and Villains: Bethune and Franco

May 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
HV1 On Feb. 8, 1937, some 150,000 Spanish civilians fled Málaga and General Francisco Franco’s closing Nationalist forces. Confined to a narrow coastal road, the refugees soon met Canadian doctor Norman Bethune   Norman Bethune, the 46-year-old former chief of thoracic surgery at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur Hospital, arrived in Spain on Nov. 3, 1936, as the head...

Sinking the Bismarck

May 1, 2016 by Marc Milner
Bis 1 A handful of Canadians played modest roles in the historic demise of the Nazi battleship 75 years ago On May 21, 1941, the most powerful warship in Europe disappeared from her anchorage in Bergen, Norway. The British, anxiously watching and waiting, could surmise where the brand new 50,000-tonne battleship Bismarck was going: to the broad reaches of...

On This Date: May 2016

April 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
OTD 7 1 MAY 1961 No. 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron, RCAF is formed, based in Prince Edward Island. 2 MAY 1885 In the Battle of Cut Knife, Chief Poundmaker’s Cree warriors deal Canadian troops their last defeat of the Northwest Rebellion. 3 MAY 1917 Nearly 500 Germans are captured as Canadians attack at Fresnoy, east of...

Face to Face: On Bismarck

April 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Bis 5 It was the duty of HMS Hood to engage the enemy, and there were three good reasons why she was committed to battle against Germany’s Bismarck in May 1941. The first is simply that the Admiral-class Hood was the fastest battleship in the British fleet. Most British battleships were too slow to catch Bismarck:...
Scorpion Photo 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...
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