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Day: July 3, 2019

Last men standing
Front Lines

Last men standing

More than a million Canadians served in the Second World War. As of March 31, 2018, just 41,100 of them remained, according to Veterans Affairs Canada. They averaged 93 years old. Some 25,000 Canadians served in Korea. Sixteen months ago, 7,200 survived, average age 86. Here are the last surviving veterans of Canada’s previous wars: Jules Paivio, Canada’s last living veteran of the Spanish Civil War, died on Sept. 4, 2013. He was 97. Pavio was a soldier, architect and teacher at Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto—the last surviving member of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, a group of Canadians who fought with the XV International Brigade on the war’s Republican side. More than 1,500 Canadians fought the fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco against Spain’s democ...
CBC covers the Battle of Carpiquet
Military Milestones

CBC covers the Battle of Carpiquet

War correspondent Matthew Halton covered the Second World War for the CBC. Here is an extract from a recording of what he saw and heard during the Canadian attack on Carpiquet village and airfield July 4, 1944. “This is Matthew Halton of the CBC speaking from France. “It’s two minutes to five in Normandy and the sun hasn’t risen yet over us or over the Germans 800 yards away. It will rise on a fearful scene because at 5 o’clock precisely the Canadians are going to attack. And they’ll attack with the most enormous concentration of fire ever put down on a small objective…. “I’m in a stone barn with a company of western Canadian machine gunners who are going to be in battle soon, drawing fire to aid the main attack…not half a mile away is the powerful German strong point of Carpiquet...

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