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May 18, 2018 by Legion Magazine

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Prisoners of War

May 16, 2018 by Sharon Adams

Canadians taken captive in the First and Second World Wars experienced brutality and starvation in prison camps, sometimes suffering years of confinement that compromised their health and sanity. This new special web-feature uncovers the true stories of Canadians who were captured in WW I and WW II through captivating narration and informed research on their experiences. The…


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Medical aid in the deep freeze

May 16, 2018 by Sharon Adams

Climate change has increased interest—and traffic—in the Arctic. This raises new threats to national security and sovereignty and increases chances of environmental disasters, shipwrecks and plane crashes, any of which may call for the scrambling of the Canadian Armed Forces, at any time of the year.  Since 2007, annual CAF winter exercises have helped hone…

Front Lines

They provided medical aid, comfort and peace to wounded and dying soldiers throughout decades of conflict, but it was during the First World War that the nursing sisters of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps came into their own. Nicknamed “Bluebirds” for their blue dresses and white veils, many soldiers considered the 3,141 nursing sisters…


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Abused prisoners and great escapees

May 20, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Despite strengthened international laws, Canadian soldiers captured in Europe and Asia had little protection from brutality, murder and starvation The night before Canada declared war in 1939, Flying Officer Alfred B. Thompson of Penetanguishene, Ont., was co-pilot on a Royal Air Force mission to Germany. The plane was downed and the crew bailed out...

Battlefield doctor

May 11, 2018 by Murray Brewster
My great-great-grandfather was a surgeon who treated soldiers at the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 It is a largely forgotten battle, even though it was one of the few ever fought on Canadian soil. By the standards of the time, it wasn’t an enormous fight in terms of lives lost or duration. Coming as...
Click here to read Part 1 of this two-part series. In March 2002, on a mountain near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border known as the Whale’s Back, a company from the vaunted U.S. 10th Mountain Division joined 400 Canadian troops and a handful of U.S. Navy Seals on an assault to clear enemy positions, bunkers and suspected cave...

Into icy waters

May 8, 2018 by Tom MacGregor
Fifty years ago, the Ottawa River claimed the lives of seven paratroopers on a routine jump Every May, retired paratroopers, family and friends gather for a small ceremony in Petawawa, Ont., to remember those who died in the worst parachute accident in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces. Fifty years ago, on May...

Banner projects commemorate veterans

May 7, 2018 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
Since 2016, Sackville, N.B., Branch has found a special way to pay tribute to the town’s veterans. Inspired by what he saw in Saint John, N.B., Garth Zwicker decided to commemorate local veterans through a memorial banner project. Zwicker’s father, a Korean War veteran, lives in a veterans’ facility in Saint John, where Lancaster...

2018 Readership Survey: Our readers respond

May 4, 2018 by Jennifer Morse
Every three years, Legion Magazine asks its readers to say what they think. This year, the response was overwhelming, with 4,694 readers replying. Thank you. Your guidance and advice help us improve the magazine. For example, while there was a lot of support for the “On This Date” column, many of you asked for...

Legion National Foundation established

May 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The Legion has established the Legion National Foundation, a charity that will show support for veterans and educate the public on remembrance. The foundation will operate at arm’s length from the Legion. Its purpose is to remember, honour and assist those who have served or are serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and the...
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, the soldiers used to sing. Trouble is, in more recent times, the “kit bag” is the trouble. Relatively stable over centuries of warfare, soldiers’ loads have increased significantly in the past three decades, due largely to new combat technologies and the batteries required to operate...

Grave situation

May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
Is there anything more venerable than a soldier’s grave? Dying in the service of your country is the ultimate sacrifice, and it warrants the most respectful recognition. In Canada, as in most countries, the government is responsible for funerals and burials for those killed in military service and for eligible veterans—and for the perpetual maintenance...

May/June 2018 issue is now available!

May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The May/June 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. BATTLEFIELD DOCTOR My great-great-grandfather was a surgeon who treated soldiers in the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 ABUSED PRISONERS AND GREAT ESCAPEES Canadian soldiers captured in Europe and Asia had little...

On this date: May 2018

May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 May 1918 Private Robert Cruickshank is awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions under heavy fire east of the Jordan River in Palestine. 2-3 May 1953 Bombarded by Chinese attacks, ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, sustains heavy casualties in the final Canadian action of the Korean War. 4 May 1951 The...

Alfred Booker and John O’Neill

May 1, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
On the morning of June 2, 1866, Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Booker led about 850 Canadians, mostly men of the 13th Battalion (today’s Royal Hamilton Light Infantry) and Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles, from the village of Ridgeway in Canada West toward a Fenian force that had seized the town of Fort Erie on the Niagara River...
The thing about Canada and peacekeeping is that while 7 in 10 Canadians consider it one of the country’s signature characteristics, the reality has always been something quite different from the fantasy. Sure, Canada helped revolutionize third-party roles in bringing conflicts to an end—decades ago. But those days are long past. Times have changed....
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