Archive for October, 2017

  • On this date: November 2017

    October 31, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 November 1914 Four recent graduates of the Royal Naval College of Canada are among those lost when Germany’s Asiatic Squadron sinks HMS Good Hope. They are Canada’s first naval casualties of the war. 2 November 1869 With a band of 120 armed men, Louis...
  • November/December 2017 issue now available!

    October 30, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    What’s inside?   THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION A collision between two ships in Halifax Harbour in 1917 sets off an explosion unrivalled until the atomic bomb THE WOUNDED These Canadian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan returned home to face the fight of their lives THE CINDERELLA CAMPAIGN...
  • A war story told in flowers and scents

    October 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    As he crossed the battlefields of France in 1915 and 1916, George Stephen Cantlie, a colonel in the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, picked flowers and sent them with simple notes to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Almost a century later, those handwritten...
  • The prince with a common touch

    October 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Mike Trauner was a prisoner in his own home until a few inspiring words from Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Harry, set him free. As a master corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Trauner lost both legs and sustained other major wounds...
  • Canada’s man in Havana

    October 16, 2017 by John W Graham
    The story of a young Canadian diplomat spying on the Soviets in Cuba on behalf of the CIA with the blessing of our prime minister is improbable, but no more so than its context. This was the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the world...
  • Buried alive at the Somme

    October 13, 2017 by Claudia Berry
    When I was a young child of four or five, my grandfather would say to me in his cockney accent, “Swee’ar’, fetch me legs for me,” and I would dutifully bring him what he called “his legs”—steel rods screwed into the heels of his shoes...
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