These Are The Results For The Week Of February 25 – March 3

February 23, 2013 by Legion Magazine

British forces capture Mogadishu in North Africa.

The Royal Mail Ship Queen Elizabeth is refitted in Esquimalt, B.C., to carry thousands of troops.

Japanese Canadians are to be evacuated from the West Coast.

With 6th Infantry Brigade (2nd Division) in the lead, Canadian forces launch Operation Blockbuster and clear the Calcar Ridge in Germany. Progress is slower on 3rd Div.’s front. In the face of strong resistance and a sudden enemy counter-attack at Mooshof, Sergeant Aubrey Cosens of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada takes charge and directs fire from a 1st Hussars tank against German strongpoints. After breaking through the hard core of resistance in Mooshof, Cosens gives the order to consolidate the position. He then sets off to report to his company commander, but is killed by a sniper’s bullet. His display of courage earns him the Victoria Cross. Operation Blockbuster continues into March and, through a series of methodical set-piece attacks, draws the enemy out of its Rhineland defences.

The bloody struggle for the Hochwald gap begins as Canada’s 4th Armoured Division drives into the fray during the Battle of the Rhineland. Senior commanders are anxious to expedite matters by plunging headlong into the gap, against the advice of experienced field officers. In this phase of Operation Blockbuster, heavy casualties result from the decision to abandon methodical planning and preparation.

Vincent Massey becomes Canada’s first native-born governor general.

United States President George Bush announces a ceasefire in the Persian Gulf War.

Fourth Canadian Division launches a gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. Aggressive trench raiding had become an increasingly common, if not reckless, activity in the Canadian Corps. During this aborted attack, many Canadian soldiers became victims of their own gas when retaliatory German artillery fire ruptured gas cylinders in the Canadian lines.

Fourth Canadian Infantry Brigade launches an attack on enemy positions in the Hochwald Forest defence line covering Xanten, the last German bastion west of the Rhine.

The Canadian budget introduces a pay-as-you-go income tax.

In France, the supersonic Concorde jet completes its first flight.

First Canadian Division is now responsible for a large section of front near Fleurbaix, France, as part of the 4th British Army Corps.

The Canadian submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are commissioned.

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