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Day: July 1, 2015


Editorial: July/August 2015

Soldiers are not props In the aftermath of the First World War, The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by returning soldiers who realized they were not getting the government assistance they felt they had earned. They banded together to represent their interests because they believed no one else would. At Legion Magazine, we devote a lot of space to Canada’s military history, and this issue is no different. It features stories about Canada’s role in the Pacific theatre at the conclusion of the Second World War, a pictorial commemorating the start of the Battle of Britain, and a look at the role of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Ypres, Belgium, in 1915. However, we also report on issues faced by soldiers themselves after they’ve fought and returned home. In the pas...
Travelling About: July/August 2015
Travelling About

Travelling About: July/August 2015

1. Visit Halifax for Canada’s largest annual military event The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a festival of military music, dancing, parades and workshops held every year in picturesque Halifax. In addition to Canadian Armed Forces musicians and pipes and drums, there will be performance teams from as far away as Estonia, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. It’s a must-see for all Canadians. Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo When: June 30-July 7 Where: Halifax 2. Learn about military dentistry at the National War Museum If you happen to be in the Ottawa area this summer, stop by the Canadian War Museum to check out its special exhibit on the history of military dentistry. The exhibit is being presented in partnership with the Royal Canadian Denta...
Friendly fire incident investigated
Front Lines

Friendly fire incident investigated

Beginning in Iraq, the lingering mystery about the exact events that led to the death of Canadian Special Operations Regiment Sergeant Andrew Doiron at the hands of allied Kurdish peshmerga forces has been mostly resolved with the release of a highly redacted report into the event. More than two months after Doiron’s death, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has released a censored three-page report which concluded: “This CFNIS investigation into the Operational Sudden Death of Sgt DOIRON revealed he was killed as a result of Peshmerga Forces mistaking him and other members of SOTF [REDACTED] for ISIS fighters.” “SOTF” stands for Special Operations Task Force, and refers to the name given to the Canadian element deployed to northern Iraq, which is redacted becau...
Find Share Discuss

Find-Share-Discuss: July/August 2015

John (Jack) Weakford Smith was killed in action in the Battle of Normandy   We thank Laraine Maltby Smith for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) to [email protected] Note: photo prints will not be returned. Please include your daytime phone number and address along with a description of the photo, its date, the location and the identity of the people (first names and last) and where they are in the photo. Have questions? Call 613-591-0116.
Battle of Britain in pictures
Military History

Battle of Britain in pictures

The skies over the English Channel were grey on July 10, 1940, and laden with the shadow of war. The air battle between Germany’s Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber and Coastal Commands began on this day with raids on convoys in the English Channel off North Foreland and Dover. It was the prelude to the Luftwaffe’s main effort in mid-August, when its focus shifted to attacks on RAF radar bases and airfields. In early September, the attacks shifted again, to London, Coventry and other major cities; the Blitz (from Blitzkrieg, or lightning war) continued until May 1941. More than 100 Canadians served with the 3,000 pilots of the Royal Air Force who repulsed the attacks in dramatic air battles, turning the tide of the war. More than 500 aviators died, including 29 Canadian...
On This Date: July 2015
On This Date

On This Date: July 2015

JULY 1, 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born Chief of the Naval Staff. JULY 2, 1885 The Northwest Rebellion ends with the surrender of Big Bear, and with it, the nomadic life of the Cree. JULY 3, 1944 Four Canadian motor torpedo boats attack a German convoy off St. Malo, France, sinking two ships. JULY 3-4, 1944 War correspondent Matthew Halton reports “fields red with blood and poppies” at Carpiquet Airfield near Caen, France. July 5, 1900 At Wolve Spruit, South Africa, Sgt. A.H.L. Richardson rides through heavy fire to rescue a comrade; he is awarded the Victoria Cross. JULY 6, 1942 Anne Frank’s family goes into hiding in the attic of an Amsterdam warehouse. JULY 7, 1967 The first recipients of the Order of Canada are...

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