Archive for June, 2019

  • The Flying Fox versus the Desert Fox

    June 14, 2019 by Don Gillmor
    Charley Fox grew up in Guelph, Ont., and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the spring of 1940. He initially worked as a flight instructor and finally saw action in 1943 as a lieutenant with No. 412 Squadron, whose duties included bomber escort and...
  • George Alfred Newburn: A soldier of the First World War

    June 12, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    His name was George Alfred Newburn, a labourer from Victoria who was killed during the Battle of Hill 70 in France on Aug. 15, 1917. He was just 18 years old, although Newburn would have you believe he was 20. For almost a century, Private...
  • Sister ships take part in evacuations

    June 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Restigouche fired Canadian warships’ first shots of the Second World War on June 11, 1940, in the final echoes of the six-week Battle of France, during which more than half a million Allied troops and civilians were evacuated from ports...
  • From Dieppe to D-Day

    June 5, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In his orders of the day on June 6, 1944, Lieutenant-General Henry D.G. (Harry) Crerar told some 14,500 Canadian soldiers destined for the beaches and drop zones of Normandy that their impending success was thanks largely to the disaster at Dieppe. Almost two years earlier,...
  • Firefight in Zhari District

    June 5, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    It was the middle of the night on June 4, 2008, when a squad of five Canadians and a company of 55 Afghan army recruits they were mentoring left base to check on some empty Taliban weapon caches in the Zhari District west of Kandahar....
  • Unsung Valour in Normandy

    June 4, 2019 by Terry Copp
    — Illustrations by Greg Stevenson — Years ago, I was lucky to begin writing about Canadian veterans who had served in Normandy while many were still active and willing to talk about their experiences. Before each interview, I reviewed each veteran’s unit war diary and...
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