Readers’ Quiz: The Answers

May 27, 2010 by Legion Magazine
  1. False.  It was British forces that burned Washington in August 1814.
  2. e. Prior to the outbreak of war in 1914, Currie worked in both insurance and real estate.  Before becoming a businessman, he had taught at public schools in British Columbia.
  3. c. Bishop is credited with 72 “victories” against enemy aircraft.  His total was the second highest in the British Empire.
  4. The second battle of Ypres in Belgium.  The Germans attacked the allied lines with chlorine gas for the first time on April 22, 1915.
  5. The poppy was chosen as a result of Canadian medical officer John McCrae’s First World War poem, In Flanders Fields, inspired by the poppies that grew on the battlefields.  The flower’s red colour represents the bloodshed of war.
  6. Highway 4, which runs from Lethbridge to the U.S. border.  In Montana, this route connects with Interstate 15 to Helena, where the unit trained during the war.  Together these routes form the First Special Service Force Memorial Highway.
  7. The highway was primarily built to ease the concerns of American military and political officials over the Japanese threat to Alaska’s security during the Second World War.
  8. “D-Day Dodgers.”
  9. Veronica Foster.  There are numerous photographs of Foster at work at the John Inglis Company during the war; this company had converted to the production of war materials, including the Bren light machine gun.  Foster is seen as the Canadian equivalent to the American icon Rosie the Riveter, representative of the women who worked in war factories south of the border.
  10. b. Separate uniforms were restored in the 1980s for the ground, air, and sea components of the forces.
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