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Day: August 2, 2022

The 1943 battle in the Italian mountains
Military History, Military Milestones

The 1943 battle in the Italian mountains

At the beginning of August 1943, after nearly a month of hard fighting in Sicily, the Canadian advance was threatened by three mountains towering more than 300 metres above the Salso valley. “These three hills dominated the entire alley eastward from Regalbuto,” wrote Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Nicholson in The Canadians in Italy, 1943-1945. “There could be no assurance of safe passage for Allied troops along the river flats until they were denied to the enemy.” A patrol by the Edmonton Regiment met no enemy on July 31 when it reached the foot of the first obstacle, Hill 736. A mule train was formed to carry the battalion’s mortars, ammunition, machine guns and rations to support the attack. “In the open, and under what seemed to his platoon murderous fire, he dressed the wounds of e...
Battle of the St. Lawrence: Diving the wartime wrecks of Bell Island
Defence Today, Front Lines

Battle of the St. Lawrence: Diving the wartime wrecks of Bell Island

Jill Heinerth has made more than 7,800 dives deep into oceans all over the world, spanning both polar regions, tropical paradises and many places in between. She’s famous for her cave dives, including inside an Antarctic iceberg the size of Jamaica. But some of the most poignant adventures the Mississauga, Ont., native has undertaken may be to wartime wrecks off Newfoundland and in the faraway wonder once known as Truk Atoll. In an interview with Legion Magazine, Heinerth described the unfailing anticipation—more than three decades on—of leaving her worldly cares behind as she descends into the “bracing cold” of Conception Bay and encounters the first telltale signs of a ship looming on the ocean bottom, 50 metres down. “You descend the line, and you start to see the shadow first,...
Facing pandemic gloom
Health, Military Health Matters

Facing pandemic gloom

The pandemic has delivered a wallop to the mental health of Canadian veterans.  Loneliness and social isolation are common among soldiers, sailors and aircrew who leave the military and transition to civilian life under normal circumstances. No longer in frequent contact with friends and colleagues at work, recently released veterans may suddenly lose important relationships that developed during their time in uniform.  Service often prevents settling in one place, so veterans may not have friends in the community where they put down roots. They may find it challenging to make new friends, especially if they have trouble relating to non-military people.  Veterans, particularly those who leave the military with physical or mental health problems, are at an increased risk to the impacts...

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