Archive for October, 2018

  • Clearing the Scheldt

    October 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Overnight on Oct. 31, 1944, Canadian troops fought to establish a foothold on Walcheren Island, the last obstacle to opening the port of Antwerp, Belgium, to Allied shipping. The Allied invasion moved so quickly that by September, supplies had become a problem. What could be...
  • Juno Beach Centre launches dog tag campaign

    October 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, has launched a fundraising campaign featuring dog tags to commemorate the 5,500 Canadians killed in action during the Battle of Normandy in 1944. The money will support commemoration and educational activities as the centre marks the 75th anniversary of...
  • Inside Afghanistan: Life and the art of the barter

    October 31, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Over the course of three Canadian army tours in their parched and war-ravaged homeland, Alex Watson came to know and respect the long-suffering Afghan people for their courage, resilience, devotion and unfailing courtesy. As a CiMiC (civilian-military co-operation) officer and later as a company commander...
  • A call to remember

    October 30, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Second World War. More than 45,000 were killed and another 55,000 were wounded. Only 41,100 of them remained as of March 2017, according to Veterans Affairs Canada. Nearly all are now in their 90s. Many,...
  • The dispute that saved the Welland Canal

    October 30, 2018 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones – For most Canadians, the Great War, an ocean away and a century ago, is a distant horror. We know of the tragic valour of Canadian soldiers on the battlefields of France from Ypres to Artois to the Somme. The...
  • Bells of Peace will sound the Armistice

    October 25, 2018 by Tom MacGregor
    The Royal Canadian Legion is hoping to mark the centennial of the end of the First World War with the solemn sound of church bells ringing in communities throughout Canada on Nov. 11. “The Dominion Executive Council wanted us to find a way to appropriately...
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