Day: November 1, 2007


First Blood In The Atlantic: Navy, Part 24

PHOTOS: ALFRED TATE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA166880; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA104238 From top: A view from HMCS Ottawa, 1940; officers and crew aboard HMCS Saguenay, Oct. 1940. One of the great shortcomings of the German navy in World War I was that it lacked operating bases on the open Atlantic. The German army fixed that problem in 1940 in a matter of weeks. Bases in Norway became available in the spring, and by June Kriegsmarine personnel and equipment were arriving--hot on the heels of the Panzers--in French ports along the English Channel and Bay of Biscay coasts. While much of the focus of the wider war remained--for the time being--on big sh...

Breaking The Gustav Line: Army, Part 73

PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA197636; W.H. AGNEW, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA136204 From top: A newly constructed bridge in Italy, May 1944; Cassino, Italy, May 1944. This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the Canadian role in the battle for Rome, May 11 to June 5, 1944. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade, veterans of Sicily, the Moro River and Ortona, were now joined by the 5th Canadian Armd. Div., and the corps' medium artillery regiments. The Canadians moved west from the Adriatic coast to staging areas north of Naples to train for their role in the fourth Allied attempt to advance beyond Cassino...
O Canada

When Cod Ruled the Rock

PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA188224; GRAHAM CHANDLER; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA202293; GRAHAM CHANDLER Clockwise from top: Ships at anchor off Newfoundland, 1857; archeologist Peter Pope examines the remains of 18th century galets, used for drying cod; cod is dried and collected at Cape Rouge, Nfld., in the mid-1800s; archeologists uncover what was probably an 18th century bread oven. Near the eastern tip of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula, a tiny seaside town called Conche--nestled in Martinique Bay--takes you back to a time when cod fishing ruled this island. A 20-minute walk along a new boardwalk from town to what the locals call Long Point takes you back to a place where it ...
Defence Today

Operation Medusa: The Battle For Panjwai

Part 2: Death in a Free Fire Zone. ILLUSTRATION: DAVID CRAIG An overview of Objective Rugby during the battle. 1: Near the white schoolhouse, 7 Platoon is caught in a deadly crossfire where Rick Nolan and Shane Stachnik are killed. 2: Afghan National Army soldiers and their American trainers attack to the north, toward route Comox. 3: The main company position, site of the Zettlemeyer attack that kills Frank Mellish and William Cushley. 4: Dismounted from their LAVs, 8 Platoon assaults a series of compounds. Having just been blown up, Corporal Richard Furoy lay on the hard Afghan earth bleeding, in untold kinds of pain and probably close to shock. Beside him lay the body of his friend, Warrant Officer Rick Nolan. Enemy rounds we...
O Canada

A Century of Scouting

PHOTOS: A. DOUGHTY, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA022273; COURTESY SCOUTS CANADA Clockwise from top: Boy Scouts help line the route during a royal visit in the early 1900s; lending a hand on Apple Day; Scouts participate in an Ottawa parade. A hundred years ago, the Boy Scouts came to Canada. And since its arrival on our shores, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have done their best to "be prepared", by embracing the movement's values of honour, integrity and good citizenship. In that time, The Royal Canadian Legion has forged strong ties with the Scouts. In fact, 300 Legion branches across Canada sponsor Scout and Girl Guide troops, according to a recent ...

NEW BRUNSWICK CONVENTION Command Gets Its Finances In Order

PHOTOS: ADAM DAY Clockwise from top left: The new president is Mavis Cooper; Dominion Past President Mary Ann Burdett marches in Miramichi; CF members join the Legion parade; delegates and guests enjoy a banquet; Veterans Affairs Minister Gregory Thompson places a wreath. The big news at 2007's New Brunswick convention is that the command is in good financial shape and new provincial President Mavis Cooper is looking forward to keeping it that way. This year's New Brunswick provincial convention--the command's 78th--was held in Miramichi on the Labour Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The convention began on a cool, clear Saturday morning at the local Lions Club hall. After marching on the ...

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