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Month: April 2013

This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of April 8 – April 14

04/8/1940 Denmark and Norway are invaded by German forces.. 04/8/1951 In Korea, soldiers from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry attack objectives across the 38th Parallel and are successful. 04/9/1917 At 5:30 a.m. the Canadian Corps launches its attack against Vimy Ridge as part of the larger Arras offensive. The commanding position atop the ridge is to serve as a hinge for further British operations in the coming weeks. This is the first occasion when all four Canadian divisions operate as a complete corps. The Germans are deluged with accurate artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire as the Canadians advance in the midst of driving wind, snow and sleet. On the left flank of the Canadian attack, 4th Division is charged with the capture of Hill 145. Third and 2nd di...
Mitchell Men: Medium Bombers At War: Air Force, Part 56
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Mitchell Men: Medium Bombers At War: Air Force, Part 56

During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons flew many types of aircraft in a variety of roles. Looking over this history, it is worth noting that no Canadian squadron operated in the medium-bomber role closely identified with tactical bombing. The greater part of RCAF personnel operating overseas in Mitchell medium bombers did so as members of Royal Air Force squadrons.  First flown in August 1940, the North American B-25 Mitchell was made famous by the United States Army Air Force Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942. Even today this type of aircraft lives on as a star in the 1970 satirical war film Catch-22. The B-25 had a maximum speed of 290 miles per hour and carried some 4,000 pounds of bombs. Almost 11,000 of the type were built. Of these, 910 were divert...
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Korea: The Forgotten War

Following quickly on the success of its First World War and Second World War publications, Legion Magazine is releasing a publication to shed light on the major third war of the 20th century. KOREA: The Forgotten War, featuring text by well-known Canadian historian David J. Bercuson, more than 150 rarely seen archival images, a timeline and five maps, is available by calling 613-591-0116. The cost is only $14.95 and applicable taxes. The publication continues the series begun with WW I: The War That Shaped A Nation, which won an honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards and claimed a bronze medal at the National Newsstand Awards.
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Nov. 10, 1916 Saint John, N.B.

My dear Mother, Well Musie, I suppose you were watching the papers to see when we landed in England but the fact is we are in barracks here in West Saint John. We arrived here about 10 p.m. last Sunday night and spent the night on the train. Monday morning we got off and marched over here. Gee but there sure was some crowd out to see us. I would have written you before only I understood that army mail past Moncton would be held until our arrival in England was officially announced. We will not be here long. I heard today that we leave on Sunday night for Halifax and go on board ship Tuesday morning. However that is only a rumour, so don’t pay much attention to it. Just a minute. C Company just issued an order for all men to pack their kits, the guard men included. Maybe we leav...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Nov. 1, 1916 Bramshott Camp, England

Dearest Mother and Evelyn, I am indeed sorry I have not written sooner but the only excuse I can offer is the lack of news and neglect, also we have been very busy getting ready to go to France in the near future, or so they have told us. I got your letter of Sept. 27th the other day and also one from Gladys dated the 28th and very glad to get them for it is very seldom now that I hear from you. I can quite understand where my mail is as it sure is a job to find a person once their battalion leaves for France and you happen to be left behind. It was just a little over a year ago that we landed here at Bramshott Camp. I just got a letter from Jim Taylor. He was well when he wrote. He also sent me the sad news that little Pyrke of the gun section was killed in the trenches the night...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of April 1 – April 7

04/1/1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence. Its first director is Wing Commander W.G. Barker, a Victoria Cross recipient. 04/2/2003 Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance. 04/2-9/1917 The intensive phase begins for the preliminary bombardment for the assault on Vimy Ridge in France. For seven days German positions are subject to more than a million artillery rounds. The bombardment not only smashes German defences, but prevents food, water and supplies from reaching the front. 04/3/1951 In Korea, divisions of the Eight Army cross the 38th Parallel. 04/3/1974 A severe tornado hits Windsor, Ont., killing nine ...

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