Month: July 2014

Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Here’s an item from D.S. Climie of Nipigon, Ont.: “Because of a surplus of trained artillery officers, I sat around transit camp in Windsor, N.S., from July to November, 1943. Many of us were given leave in October and my roommate brought back from Montreal, a strong Oka cheese that we kept between the inside and storm windows. “After several false starts, we were finally off on the Mauretania in November. In the rush, my roommate forgot his cheese. “After a long wait, I received my first letter from Canada. It was from the man who moved into our room at Windsor the day we left. All it said was: ‘OK, Climie, we give up. Where is the cheese?’”    
Astonishing Adventures In The Far East
Military History

Astonishing Adventures In The Far East

The allied air forces (American and British) in India during the Second World War were always aggressive in their stance. The monsoon rains from June to October might hinder operations, but lessons were learned, airfield surfaces improved and pressure on the Japanese steadily grew. Tactical aviation had been developed in North Africa; it was thereafter adapted to conditions in Northwest Europe, the Southwest Pacific and the India/Burma theatre. It took many forms, including close support of the army and long-range interdiction of enemy supply routes. Effective attacks on Japanese communications forced the enemy to move by night. An intelligence report of September 1944 declared that pilots could easily determine where the front ran. In enemy-held territory, roads, rivers and rail...
News

Quebec Dart Players Take Third Team Title

It is difficult to imagine finer play than that at the Dominion Command Darts Championship at Orleans Branch in Ottawa, May 2-4. Many of the competitors have been to the dominion championships multiple times, and at least three have represented Canada at international darts tournaments—Dion Laviolette of Calgary, Seymour Dixon of Stellerton, N.S., and Gerry Hull of LaSalle, Que. There were 27 scores of 180, the highest score possible in one turn, achieved by hitting three consecutive triple 20s. Hull and Darryl Chaisson of Jubilee Branch in Calgary scored three each; Jerry Myles of Centennial Branch in Dartmouth, N.S., scored a “blind” 180, the third shot thrown while not looking at the board. Laviolette also had a “perfect” score during the singles match, scoring 160 on his firs...
The Liberation Tour
Army, Military History

The Liberation Tour

Next spring, much of the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe. Given the current tensions between the West and Russia, there may be little incentive to focus on the events of 1945 among the great powers. For Canadians, however, the year should be remembered for the role Canada had in the Rhineland battles and liberation of the Netherlands—important chapters in our history. If you plan on visiting the Netherlands, you may want to begin in Amsterdam by giving yourself at least a day to explore the city and visit the Anne Frank Museum. Following their arrest by the Gestapo, Anne Frank and her family were sent to Westerbork, a transit camp that had originally been constructed to house refugees from Nazi Germany. Westerbork w...
News

Family Tradition Pays Off At Cribbage Championships

Cribbage has always been a family pastime for Quebec Command player Ernie Michaud. “I come from a big family—I have seven brothers and sisters. We played cribbage together as kids and now we are playing with our own kids,” he said. That family tradition had just brought the players from Hon. John Diefenbaker Branch in Laval to North Bay, Ont., where he was part of the winning team for the Dominion Command Cribbage Championships. Michaud, playing with his son Zaccherie, nephew Daniel Michaud and niece Staci Proulx, won in a close game against teams from Saskatchewan and Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario. The tournament held April 25-27 was hosted by North Bay Branch which has a large two-storey building next to an impressive cenotaph built to commemorate the First World War and aug...
News

Homeless Veterans Forum Starts National Approach

The first steps toward development of a national approach to helping homeless veterans were taken at the Homeless Veterans Forum held April 15-16 at Legion House in Ottawa, where participants agreed to form a group to draw up a road map for future discussions and co-ordinated work. “It is clear we need to address the homeless veteran situation (with) a national policy,” said Dominion President Gordon Moore of The Royal Canadian Legion. Legion Grand President Larry Murray moderated the forum attended by university researchers, government veteran services agencies, representatives of homeless shelters and veterans organizations and advocates. The forum identified gaps in prevention, research and services, “where the need is and why we should be there,” said Moore. Nobody really ...

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