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Day: November 26, 2021

First into battle
Canada Corner

First into battle

Japan’s attack on Hong Kong was the first fight of the war for Canadian soldiers. It didn’t end well. “It was a grand day…. Our two battalions marched down Nathan Road steel-helmeted and obviously invincible. The main street of Kowloon was lined by cheering crowds waving small Union Jacks.” Eighteen-year-old Rifleman Ken Cambon was excited by the joyous reception the Canadian contingent received in Hong Kong on Nov. 16, 1941. Describing his barracks, he noted, “We were astounded by the luxury of the camp after eighteen months of Canadian Army life.” Even “lowly” privates had orderlies who delivered tea in bed each morning, shined shoes, pressed uniforms, made beds and even offered shaves. Less than six weeks later, the genteel luxury was literally blown away.   What were Canadi...

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An informative primer on Canada’s crucial role in the Normandy landing, June 6, 1944.