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Artificial intelligence: Transforming the battlefield

October 17, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

Artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on militaries around the world, and Canada is ideally positioned to wage the evolving wars of tomorrow, says the head of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. In an interview with Legion Magazine ahead of a Canadian Military Intelligence Association conference on the subject, Rear Admiral Scott Bishop said…

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The thinning of the Canadian Armed Forces

October 16, 2018 by David J. Bercuson

Late last spring there was discussion in the press about Canada’s policy disallowing non-Canadian citizens from joining the Canadian Armed Forces. One view put forward was that the current problem of maintaining enough recruits to keep the military at levels put forward by Strong, Secure, Engaged—Canada’s Defence Policy (SSE), published in early June 2017, would…

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Valour on the road to Cambrai

October 14, 2018 by Don Gillmor

Samuel Lewis Honey was born in Conn, Ont., to Reverend George Honey and Metta Blaisdell. A schoolteacher, Honey enlisted at the age of 21 in January 1915. In 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal for his raids on German trenches. The citation read, “He did most excellent work in clearing an enemy’s communication trench…

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Policing the Medak Pocket

October 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

The images are seared into Bob Munro’s mind, as clear today, a quarter-century later, as they were then. It was the autumn of 1993 and in the aftermath of the bloody confrontation in Croatia’s Medak Pocket, RCMP Inspector Bob Munro (ABOVE) and his team of international police officers were looking for evidence of war crimes….

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Taking back Hill 355 – October 17, 1952

October 17, 2018 by Legion Magazine
Hill 355, about 40 kilometres south of Seoul, South Korea, was so named by the United Nations military coalition during the Korean War because it was 355 metres above sea level. The troops called it Little Gibraltar because, like the British fortress for which it was named, it commanded the highest ground overlooking supply...

Wallace Algie’s sacrifice – Oct. 11, 1918

October 10, 2018 by Legion Magazine
After occupying Cambrai, France, Canadian troops continued the Hundred Days Offensive, engaging in the attack on Iwuy, eight kilometres to the northeast, on Oct. 11, 1918. German machine gunners laid down heavy fire from secure positions atop a railway embankment and behind groups of houses in the town. Lieutenant Wallace Lloyd Algie of Toronto...

Great-grandfather inspires poster

October 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Meghan (Maria) Singson is heading to York University this fall to study philosophy. It’s only natural, then, that the graduate of Francis Libermann Catholic High School in Scarborough, Ont., brings depth and impact to her art. A self-described casual artist, Singson, 18, won the senior black and white poster category in the Legion’s 2018...

Our first Air Force

October 5, 2018 by Tom MacGregor
Formed, disbanded and resurrected, 401 Squadron has been at the heart of Canada’s air defences for a century. Much of the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron can be seen in a quick glance around Klersy’s, the unit’s lounge in its hangar at 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta. There are...

Alberta takes eight-ball championship

October 4, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Visitors to Estevan, Sask., are immediately struck by the distant horizons, endless blue skies and wide prairie city streets. In this city of 11,000, just 16 kilometres north of the United States border, support for the military and veterans runs deep. For many decades, Legion members have travelled to Portal, N.D., where Canadian and...

Victory over a Zeppelin

October 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
On Oct. 3, 1916, dozens of people flocked to a farmer’s field just north of London at a place called Potters Bar to see the grisly spectacle of the crash site of a Zeppelin airship. The owner of the property charged a shilling to see the carnage, promising to use the money to cover...
 It had to be the worst of all bad ideas. Saturday, March 7, 1807. HMS Halifax, a Royal Navy sloop, lies off Hampton Roads, Va. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing, and the British are in Chesapeake Bay, blockading two French warships that had made port seeking refuge and repair after a storm....

On this date: October 2018

October 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 October 1943 Allied forces enter Naples. 2 October 1944 The Battle of the Scheldt begins. 3 October 1914 More than 30,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force depart en route to Europe, the largest convoy ever to sail from Canada. 4 October 1957 The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow is unveiled at Malton, Ont....

War and the Spanish Flu

September 28, 2018 by Sharon Adams
As the First World War drew to a close, the world was hit by the greatest pandemic since the bubonic plague His aircraft holed and ablaze, Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod, just 18 years old, earned his Victoria Cross with bravery and blood in a spectacular aerial dogfight on March 27, 1918, over Albert, France....

Benefits of long-term RCAF study continue

September 27, 2018 by Sharon Adams
The Manitoba Follow-up Study (MFUS) is one of the longest health research studies in the world, if not the longest. After 70 years, it is still producing useful data. In 1948, it began tracking cardiovascular health of nearly 4,000 male Royal Canadian Air Force veterans. Roughly half remained in aviation for their full careers,...

Ross Mitchell: A sniper from the farm

September 26, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Ross Mitchell of Douglas, Man., was just 18 when he began infantry training with the Canadian army in 1943. Told he would not be sent overseas until he was 19, he decided to give the airborne a try. He spent the summer of 1944 running around Shilo and jumping off towers in stifling heat,...

Regina Branch reopens with a new attitude

September 24, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Regina Branch may be a shadow of its old self, but what a shadow it still casts. The 2,000-square-metre classical moderne-style building was constructed in the heydays after the Second World War, when the branch had more than 2,500 members. Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the official opening in...

Taking solace in the
not-so-little things

September 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Sometimes, the little things make a big difference. Sometimes the little things add up. And sometimes the little things are all you have. It might be wise to remember this as Canadian troops ramp up their peace operations in Mali, where they are conducting medical evacuations on behalf of United Nations forces trying to...
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