Day: February 1, 2017

Defence minister says NATO still plays a critical role
Front Lines

Defence minister says NATO still plays a critical role

The survival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not in question, Canada’s defence minister suggested Feb. 1, nor is American involvement in the 68-year-old defence pact. In a wide-ranging interview with Legion Magazine, Harjit Sajjan expressed confidence the treaty will prevail despite President Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw U.S. support. “I’m confident that the importance of NATO involves all of the member states,” saod Sajjan. “I think the focus of the discussion will be: how do we make NATO even better? That’s something that we’ve always been striving for.” Trump has called some NATO members “freeloaders.” Last month, he told the German daily Bild and The London Times that the 28-member alliance is “obsolete” and the arrangement is unfair to the United States. ...
Museum marks air gunner’s place in history
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Museum marks air gunner’s place in history

Clark Montgomery spent interminable hours punctuated by moments of sheer terror in the gun turret atop a Lancaster bomber between 1941 and 1945. Now he’s there to stay, one of seven veteran aircrew and one production line worker whose names will be immortalized on plaques inside a restored bomber in Greenwood, N.S. The aircraft currently being rebuilt by the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum is one of only 17 surviving Lancasters worldwide. Now 95, Montgomery has vivid memories both fond and otherwise of the plane that carried him into the jaws of the beast and back out again more times than many of his comrades were lucky enough to count. According to its official history, almost half Bomber Command’s 125,000 aircrew—55,500 men—were killed in action. Another 8,403 were wounded. The...
IF DAY: The occupation of Manitoba
Home Front

IF DAY: The occupation of Manitoba

On the frigid Winnipeg morning of Feb. 19, 1942, Diane Edgelow’s mother sent her out to buy a loaf of bread. She was 12 years old and got the shock of her life when she crossed the bridge into downtown. “They were guarded by German soldiers; they seemed to be everywhere,” she recalls. “I was so scared.” Paying for the bread, she was handed a German Reichsmark in change. It wasn’t supposed to be a surprise. Two days earlier, the Winnipeg Tribune had run front-page stories of a planned mock Nazi invasion (“Winnipeg to be ‘Occupied’— What would it mean to Manitobans if Nazi hordes spread across the province?”) but not everyone read the daily newspapers. “No one in our house would read the paper,” says Edgelow, now a retired nurse. “I don’t think my mom would have sent me down to the st...
Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort

Legion Magazine is proud to announce that our web-exclusive experience Cold Comfort has won the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Interactive Website! Seventy-five years ago, two U.S. ships ran aground in a storm and were pounded apart on the rocky shores of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula on a winter night. Sailors struggled to leave their sinking vessels while local people risked their own lives to save them.    
On this date: February 2017
On This Date

On this date: February 2017

1 FEBRUARY 1945 PoW Sgt. Jean Louis Warren escapes from a boxcar headed for Germany and evades capture to war’s end. 2 FEBRUARY 1944 Christmas parcels finally reach 1st Canadian Corps troops fighting near Ortona, Italy. 3 FEBRUARY 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the RCAF (Women’s Division). 4 FEBRUARY 1917 The Germans withdraw to the Hindenburg Line. 5 FEBRUARY 1944 A German mortar kills 19 members of the Perth Regiment near Ortona, Italy, as they line up for supper. 6 FEBRUARY 1919 The last Canadian troops withdraw from the Army of Occupation in Belgium. 7 FEBRUARY 1813 U.S. riflemen attack Brockville, free prisoners, seize stores and take 52 hostages. 8 FEBRUARY 1944 Near Littoria, Italy, Tommy Prince, disguised as a f...

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