Month: September 2012

News, War Of 1812

1812 Exhibit Opens At Canadian War Museum

Bits of burnt wood from the United States’ presidential mansion and the tunic worn by General Isaac Brock when he was mortally wounded in the Battle of Queenston Heights are two of the artifacts gathered by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa for its exhibit marking the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Entitled 1812: One War, Four Perspectives, the exhibit looks at the war which ran from 1812 to 1815 from the point of view of the Canadian, American, British and North American native participants. “The Canadian War Museum is proud to play a role in the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and this exhibit is the most ambitious project undertaken by the Canadian War Museum,” said Mark O’Neill, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization ...
Rare Birds Of The Lost Legion: Air Force, Part 53
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Rare Birds Of The Lost Legion: Air Force, Part 53

The Lost Legion of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel–those who served overseas in non-Canadian squadrons–included men who flew aircraft types that never crossed the threshold of a Canadian unit. No RCAF squadron was ever equipped with Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley aircraft, a type much used by Bomber Command until 1942 and by other formations thereafter, but at least 288 members of the RCAF died on Whitley operations or training accidents. Forty-four others were taken prisoner. The first of Bomber Command’s four-engine “heavies,” the Short Stirling, never served in an RCAF unit, but 524 members of the RCAF posted to Stirling units were killed and a further 76 captured. How many Canadians actually flew these types without becoming casualties is almost impossible to determine, mixed as...
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Tough Competition At First Eight-Ball Championships

Legion member participation sports reached out to a new group of Legionnaires May 25-27 with the inaugural Dominion Command Eight- Ball Championship held at Britannia Branch in Victoria. The pressure was on the host branch team which was representing British Columbia/Yukon Command as it faced formidable opponents, particularly the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario team from Norwood-St. Boniface Branch in Winnipeg. Eight-ball pool became a dominion-level sport following a resolution passed at the 2010 dominion convention in Winnipeg. The Dominion Command Sports Committee chaired by Dominion Vice-President Dave Flannigan then set about drafting rules for the game in time for the first tournament. The World Pool-Billiard Association rules were used as a base, adopted for Legion purposes....

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