Day: May 1, 2020

Roméo Dallaire narrates Military Moments | Liberation of the Netherlands
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Roméo Dallaire narrates Military Moments | Liberation of the Netherlands

 Tuesday, May 5, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in the Second World War, and Legion Magazine has released a new web video to mark the event. Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire narrates this instalment of the award-winning web video series Military Moments. The Liberation of the Netherlands web video takes viewers back to the German invasion and occupation of Holland, depicting the terrible hunger and hardship inflicted on the Dutch by Nazi Germany and detailing how Allied forces—led by Canada—liberated the country. From September 1944 to April 1945, Canada played a key role in ending the Second World War, as Allied forces closed in on Germany from all sides. Dallaire was born in Denekamp, Netherlands, in 1946, and his fa...
Heroes and Villains: Foulkes & Blaskowitz
Heroes And Villains

Heroes and Villains: Foulkes & Blaskowitz

Hero: Charles Foulkes On April 28, 1945, I Canadian Corps’ Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes—senior officer in western Netherlands—led negotiations with Generaloberst Johannes Blaskowitz of Germany’s 25th Army for the surrender of the 120,000-strong German garrison. With the Hunger Winter gripping the western regions still occupied by Germany, the negotiation required a twofold approach. First, convincing the Germans to stand down and enable delivery of humanitarian aid by Allied air drops and truck convoys. Second, formalizing the garrison’s surrender. Four days earlier, I Canadian Corps had halted before the fortified Grebbe Line, held in strength by 25th Army. Both sides realized that any fight west of the line would necessitate costly urban warfare and many civilian casualtie...
Face to Face: Was home-defence conscription necessary in 1940?
Face to Face

Face to Face: Was home-defence conscription necessary in 1940?

The government of William Lyon Mackenzie King was entirely justified in legislating the National Resources Mobilization Act (NRMA) on June 21, 1940, as a way to enhance Canada’s war readiness and assist Britain in its time of greatest peril. Imposing limited conscription for the purpose of defending the nation was a sensible, measured reaction to the catastrophe unfolding in Europe, and the responsible thing to do. Following Britain and France’s lead, Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939. As the period of the “Phoney War” ensued, there seemed no immediate crisis and recruiting remained voluntary given King’s promise not to enact conscription. On May 10, the Germans invaded the Low Countries and France, quickly routing their armies as well as the British Expeditionary For...
Tulips mark 75th anniversary
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Tulips mark 75th anniversary

Liberation 75 tulips will be blooming across Canada this spring in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers. The campaign, organized by the Canadian Tulip Festival with The Royal Canadian Legion, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Capital Commission and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as partners, began in the fall of 2019, as Legion branches, individuals and other organizations planted the bulbs in their gardens. The orange tulips with pointed pedals were developed specially to mark the anniversary. The Netherlands sent 1.1 million bulbs to Canada to commemorate the 1.1 million Canadians who served in the Canadian military during the Second World War. In light of the coronavirus crisis, the Canadian Tulip Festival...

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