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War of 1812 commemorations continue

The commemoration period for the War of 1812 is not over, despite uninformed media reports to the contrary. An offshoot of the Napoleonic wars, The War of 1812 started  with the United States declaring war on Great Britain, and ended with signing of the Treaty of Ghent in December 1814.  But news travelled slowly...
  • Dieppe, Aug. 19, 1942

    August 15, 2012 by Sharon Adams
        Jean Gosselin, flanked by Sam Newman and Mary Van Ruyven.  PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS, LEGION MAGAZINE I have been privileged to know two people touched personally by the disastrous raid on Dieppe. The second, then  86,  had just concluded his annual commemoration of the...
  • Second World War equipment moves to museums

    August 14, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Three machines from the Second World War have found new homes this month. A Grumman TBM Avenger Aircraft has been moved to the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Nova Scotia.  The aircraft were built as torpedo bombers, but were put to more mundane postwar work spraying...
  • Historical record corrected after nearly 70 years

    August 10, 2012 by Sharon Adams
      Mary Greyeyes and First World War veteran Harry Ball. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA-129070 It’s an iconic photo: a young native woman being blessed by a chief in full headdress. A set-up.  Like the famous Times Square kiss.  Though touted at the time...
  • German bunkers uncovered

    August 3, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    In May of 1945 a group of  German soldiers were manning four bunkers off the coast of Denmark, one of some 8,00o Nazi fortifications along the long coast of this tiny country. Hearing of the Nazi surrender, the soldiers left their post to walk to...
  • Probable find of U-boat in the Churchill River

    August 1, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Second World War buffs are awaiting authentication of a discovery of the wreck of a Second World War U-boat in the Churchill River, 100 kilometres inland, in Labrador. German U-boats did patrol Canada’s coasts and waterways during the Second World War.  Legion Magazine has been...
  • Commemoration at Groesbeek

    July 30, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Last week a contingent of 225 members of the Canadian Forces pause during a 40-kilometre march to pay their respects to the fallen at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery near Nijmegen, Netherlands. With them were VIPs, including the U.S. ambassador to Canada, MP Randy Hoback, the...
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