1 APRIL 1915
First Canadian Division is ordered to join defence of the Ypres Salient. 2 APRIL 1917
The Royal Flying Corps starts training at Camp Borden, Ont.
3 APRIL 1945
The First Canadian Army captures the German town of Zevenaar.
4 APRIL 1916
Canadians relieve exhausted British forces at St. Éloi. 5 APRIL 1932
Newfoundland’s parliament building is wrecked by thousands of rioters demanding—and receiving—resignation of the prime minister over corruption allegations. 6 APRIL 1942
The First Canadian Army is established in Britain. 7 APRIL 1994
Lt.-Gen Roméo Dallaire reports on Hutu massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda.
8 APRIL 1951
2PPCLI attacks enemy positions across the 38th parallel in Korea.
9-12 APRIL 1917
Canadian troops seize Vimy Ridge, at a cost of 3,598 dead and about 7,000 wounded.
13 APRIL 1942
An RCAF Spitfire squadron is transferred to Egypt to support Allied operations in the Middle East.
The Canadian Corps advances from Vimy Ridge east to the villages of Arleux-en-Gohelle and Oppy. 15 APRIL 1953
HMCS Crusader establishes a record, destroys three trains on the Korean coast. 16 APRIL 1945
The Canadian Army takes Groningen, Netherlands, after a four-day battle. 17 APRIL 2014
Canada sends six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in Eastern Europe.
18 APRIL 1957
Canada is to continue training NATO pilots from Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Canadian peacekeepers start their UN mission in Lebanon. 20 APRIL 1900
William Nickerson of Dorchester, N.B., attends to a wounded man under heavy fire during an assault in the Boer War. He is awarded the Victoria Cross.
21 APRIL 1926
Queen Elizabeth II is born in London, England.
NWMP Inspector Francis Dickens reaches Battleford during the Northwest Rebellion.
23 APRIL 1923
Per Ardua ad Astra (through adversity to the stars) becomes the motto of the CAF.
24 APRIL 1951
2PPCLI holds its ground despite casualties during a powerful Chinese attack on Hill 677 in Korea’s Kapyong River valley.
The Canadian Forces Reorganization Bill passes, unifying the army, navy and air force into one service with common uniforms and ranks.
26 APRIL 1860
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada regiment is founded.
27 APRIL 1915
The First Canadian Division is withdrawn to reorganize, having suffered 6,000 casualties in the Second Battle of Ypres.
28 APRIL 1917
A successful assault on the Arleux Loop east of Vimy Ridge results in more than 1,000 Canadian casualties.
29 APRIL 1945
Hundreds of Lancaster bombers drop food for the staving people of Holland.
30 APRIL 1943
Rear-Admiral Leonard Murray takes command of air and naval forces involved in convoy protection in the Northwest Atlantic.