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  1 OCTOBER 1944 Battle of the Scheldt begins; the First Canadian Army has a hard slog to open the port of Antwerp. 2 OCTOBER 2001 The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign is boosted by NATO’s affirmation that an attack on one member is an attack on all. 3 OCTOBER 1914 The first contingent of 30,000 in the Canadian Expeditionary Force sails from Quebec to join war efforts in Europe. 4 OCTOBER 2002 Queen Elizabeth II starts her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. 5 OCTOBER 1786 Prince William, later King William IV, is the first member of the royal family to visit Canada. 6 OCTOBER 1818 The War of 1812 peace treaty returns Fort Astoria on the Columbia River to the United States. 7 OCTOBER 1950 The United Nations recommends “all appropriate steps be taken to e...
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Army: Modest and meaningless gains

In the fight for Festubert, combat for the “Canadian Orchard” cost 2,468 casualties. The Canadians emerged from the battle for Ypres, Belgium, in 1915 with horrendous casualties: more than 6,000 men, including 1,410 who became prisoners of war. This casualty rate, 37 per cent of the troops engaged, would never be exceeded, not even at the Somme in 1916. The British and Canadian press lauded the Canadian achievement and the enemy acknowledged their “tenacious determination,” but behind the scenes there were serious conflicts over the conduct of the battle, including sharp criticism of brigadiers Arthur Currie and Richard Turner. Many Canadian officers were equally unhappy with the performance of senior British officers. After April 1915, this tension helped to ensure that the 1st ...

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An informative primer on Canada’s crucial role in the Normandy landing, June 6, 1944.