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Assault pioneers make a comeback in Canada

November 14, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

An age-old military tradition has returned to the Canadian Army just a few years after it was abandoned. Assault pioneers—long-known as the bearded, leather-aproned, axe-bearing innovators whose jobs originated with the Roman legions—are making a comeback, albeit with some modern twists. Attached to infantry units, they have typically been responsible for manual labour and light…

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Military justice system remains intact

November 13, 2019 by David J. Bercuson

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a 5-2 judgment that Canada’s military justice system does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially with respect to trial by jury. The case arose out of a guilty verdict in the court martial of Master Corporal Raphael Beaudry, who was charged…


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Indigenous War Heroes

November 8, 2019 by Sharon Adams

Their ancestors fought beside the British in the Seven Years War and the American Revolution in the 1700s and in the War of 1812. In 1885, they navigated Africa’s Nile River on a British military rescue mission and volunteered for Canada’s first international expeditionary force at the dawn of the 20th century, fighting with the…

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Barry Pepper narrates Military Moments | D-DAY

November 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine

June 6, 2019, marked the 75th Anniversary of the greatest military operation in history: D-Day. To mark this significant milestone in the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Legion Magazine has collaborated with Emmy-award winning Canadian actor Barry Pepper to present the next video in our award-winning video series – Military Moments | D-DAY. The video takes…


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Montreal is captured by the Americans

November 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
On Nov. 13, 1775, Montreal was captured, without a fight, by American revolutionaries. The American Revolution, the revolt by American Patriots in the British colonies on the Eastern Seaboard which began in April 1775, naturally boiled over from the Thirteen Colonies to British colonies in Canada. The rebels formed what was called the Continental...

Last soldier standing

November 10, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
More than a million Canadians served in the Second World War. Just 41,100 of them remained as of March 31, 2018, according to Veterans Affairs Canada. They averaged 93 years old. Some 25,000 Canadians served in Korea. As of the same date, 7,200 remained, and their average age was 86. The following veterans were...

The Nov/Dec 2019 issue is on newsstands across Canada!

November 7, 2019 by Legion Magazine
Our best-selling November/December 2019 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already.  LAST SOLDIER STANDING “They should commemorate all of them, instead of just one,” said the last surviving veteran of the First World War CHOPPER MISSION A day in the life...

George Pearkes and the Battle of Passchendaele

November 7, 2019 by Sharon Adams
In 1917, the British wanted to destroy U-boat bases on the Belgian coast before the Germans could mount a blockade that would cripple Allied efforts. Capturing the ridge at Passchendaele, the highest point in the area, would give them an advantage. The Canadian Corps, which had fought in a dozen battles after its success...
Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen (1953-2018) will be remembered for many things, his contribution to the personal computer revolution among them, but his role in uncovering historic shipwrecks and resurrecting their stories is especially captivating to many who have followed ocean exploration and naval history through the ages. Allen died a year ago from...

Operation VetBuild

November 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
Whether it’s cars, armoured vehicles, ships or aircraft, model-building is one of the joys of childhood—a mindful project with a rewarding outcome. It can be educational, absorbing and relaxing. But, most of all, it’s satisfying. Now, The Royal Canadian Legion is betting those benefits will carry over to veterans struggling with operational stress injury by...

Synchronize watches

November 4, 2019 by Steve Mertl
As Zero Hour approached on the morning of April 9, 1917, and waves of soldiers prepared to assault Vimy Ridge, almost a thousand British and Canadian guns began a complex creeping barrage to protect the advancing infantry. “They’re supposed to be somewhere between 60 and 100 yards behind it, because they anticipate, of course,...
In the early hours of Aug. 19, 1942, a largely Canadian military contingent conducted an ill-fated raid on German-occupied France. More than 6,000 infantry, including Private George Davies of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, landed on the beach at Dieppe that morning and faced deadly enemy fire. More than 3,600 of those who made it ashore...

Achievement…and lost potential

November 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
As Remembrance Day approaches and we recall and commemorate the sacrifices of those who died while serving, we should also be reminded that one of the costs of war is the loss of what those ill-fated men and women—more than 100,000 in the two world wars—could have accomplished if they had lived on in...

Is war inevitable?

November 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
The word ‘inevitable’ sets me off. It suggests that wars simply happen. Wars become abstractions, beyond human control, explanation and history. That is nonsense. A century on, the notion that the First World War was inevitable still lingers. Many children (including my own) pass their Grade 10 history classes with lofty ideas about how...

On this date: November 2019

November 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 November 1914 In a battle off the coast of Chile, four midshipmen are the first Canadian naval casualties of the First World War, perishing with the crew of HMS Good Hope. 4 November 1914 Nurse Margaret Macdonald is appointed matron-in-chief of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She is the first woman in the...

Twitter creates poppy emoji

November 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
On Friday, Nov. 1, The Royal Canadian Legion and the social networking company Twitter unveiled a custom-designed poppy emoji to help raise awareness of Remembrance Day and encourage people to support the Legion’s poppy campaign. The Legion gave approval to Twitter to use the poppy symbol, which the Legion holds the trademark to, and...

Spain and Britain settle a trade war

October 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Spain and Great Britain once nearly went to war over what is now a part of Canada. The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore and claim the Pacific Northwest. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI granted Spain a claim to any lands they discovered west of the Azores not already held by a Christian...
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