Front Lines

A tale of two air strikes

September 21, 2016 by Adam Day
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The war in Syria and Iraq is nowhere close to over. While its seems clear that ISIS is losing its grip on territory and power as it loses strength, there is a second aspect to the war that is now gaining a bit more prominence. There are a great many reasons behind the rise of…

Defence Today

Whatever the cost may be

September 16, 2016 by Adam Day
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A no-holds-barred oral history of Operation Medusa, the biggest battle in the last 60 years of Canadian military history, told by the officers who led it, on the occasion of its 10-year anniversary.   Someday the opening hours of this battle will be a movie: a menacing group of drab green Canadian military vehicles creep across a…

Army

Bring out the big guns

September 16, 2016 by Sharon Adams
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Getting at an entrenched enemy is a problem as old as warfare, and one that grew more complex as the great and powerful retreated behind thicker and higher walls. There were several ways of taking a castle or fort: scale the walls, bring them down by hurling large rocks at them, tunnel underneath, batter down…

Eye On Defence

New twists in the fighter jets saga

September 13, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
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The unrolling saga of replacing Canada’s 1980s CF-188 fighter jets (known to almost everyone as the CF-18) gets more convoluted with each passing month. It is the current generation’s version of the sad story of the Sea King Maritime Helicopter replacement which actually began back in the 1980s and which is only now, almost four…

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Students reflect on Canada’s sacrifices

October 1, 2016 by Adam Day
poster-1 In raw numbers alone, it has to be one of the largest, most enduring contest of the arts in Canada. For more than 50 years Canadians students have been entering posters, essays and poems in The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poster and literary contests. This year there were more than 100,000 entries. The four...

The first air training plan

October 1, 2016 by Hugh A. Halliday
air-training-plan-2 In 1917 and 1918, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and its successor, the Royal Air Force (RAF), directed an ambitious flight training operation in Canada. The scheme had no precedent, but it inspired later, similar schemes­—the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1939-1945) and a general program to train North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircrew at...

At war with home

October 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
my-story My Story: From the department of veterans’ complaints When Aaron Bedard went to war in Afghanistan, it was because he loved his country. Never did he imagine he would be a lead plaintiff in a multi-year legal battle fighting for proper care, now on the cusp of taking the Crown to the Supreme Court of...

The housewife

October 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
artifacts Sewing kits were a surprisingly versatile tool for soldiers in the field At fleet school they said, ‘If we wanted you to have a wife, we’d issue you with one,’” recalls navy veteran Jim Ross. “And then they did.” In his six months at Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis in Nova Scotia in 1958, Ross...

Centennial of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme marked

September 21, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
trudeau-blur Commemorations were held July 1 to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War battles of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme in France, St. John’s, N.L., and Ottawa. In France, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr in a ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, where the Newfoundland...

Ste-Anne’s Hospital transfers to Quebec

September 19, 2016 by Sharon Adams
hopital_sainte-anne_03 The last federally administered veterans hospital has finally been transferred to Quebec’s provincial jurisdiction. Established in 1917 expressly to serve veterans, Ste-Anne’s Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is the last of 18 federal veterans’ hospitals to be transferred to provincial control since universal health care was introduced in the 1960s. The federal government invested $115 million...

National Field of Honour expands criteria for burial

September 19, 2016 by Legion Magazine
national_field_of_honour_cemetery_gates The National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Que., has expanded its criteria for burials, so more people who served in Canada’s military are included, along with their immediate family. The cemetery, operated by the Last Post Fund, was established in 1930. In 2009, the year of the Last Post Fund’s centennial, the cemetery was...

Riding to raise awareness

September 19, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
ride   Motorcycle enthusiasts across Canada joined the annual TELUS Ride for Dad in large numbers this summer. The program has grown since 2014, when The Royal Canadian Legion announced, at its dominion convention in Edmonton, that it was forming a partnership with the charity ride that raises money for prostate cancer research. “When I...

New twists in the fighter jets saga

September 13, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
eye-on-defence The unrolling saga of replacing Canada’s 1980s CF-188 fighter jets (known to almost everyone as the CF-18) gets more convoluted with each passing month. It is the current generation’s version of the sad story of the Sea King Maritime Helicopter replacement which actually began back in the 1980s and which is only now, almost...

Military looks at respiratory illness

September 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
health-1 After reports of respiratory illness following live firing training, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment discovered a less obvious danger than pistols and rifles. Their researchers measured lung function of 55 healthy soldiers, then had them fire rifles using different kinds of ammunition. Tests afterwards showed a five per cent decline in lung function an...

Valour Canada to honour the Legion

September 13, 2016 by Legion Magazine
legion-wins-sir-arthur-currie The Royal Canadian Legion will be presented with the 2017 General Sir Arthur Currie Award for its significant contribution to Canadian military history and heritage. The award is given by Valour Canada, a national not-for-profit organization with the goal of connecting Canadians with their military heritage. Based in the Military Museums in Calgary, Valour...

WWII Origins of the Paralympic Games

September 8, 2016 by Legion Magazine
paralympic_video_thumbnail In honour of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Legion Magazine highlights the military ties to the history of the Games in this short video tribute....
_MG_0928 Canada’s mission to Kandahar was a success because the Canadian Army, and civilians operating alongside the Army, achieved their mission goals. When Canada’s armed forces moved to Kandahar province in 2005, they were to undertake three related missions. First, to launch a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). Second, to train Afghan National Security Forces using...
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