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GNATs versus CATs

For a couple of years into the Second World War, it looked like German U-boats might prevail in the Battle of the Atlantic by starving Britain of food, troops and supplies, and smoothing the way for an invasion of England. But by 1943, the Allies had learned how to fight a submarine war. More...
  • On this date: June 2017

    June 5, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE 1941 The Newfoundland Escort Force is set up and soon is protecting Atlantic convoys. 2 JUNE 1917 In solo action, Billy Bishop attacks a German aerodrome and is later awarded the Victoria Cross. 3 JUNE 1608 Samuel de Champlain arrives at Tadoussac, Que.,...
  • The Magnificent 11

    June 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    They are among the most iconic images of the Second World War—blurred, grainy and, the best of them, as stirring and in-the-moment as any battlefield photographs ever taken. There are only 11 pictures—and nine surviving negatives—from that early morning of Tuesday, June 6, 1944, on...
  • A quiet victory in the Gulf

    May 17, 2017 by Marc Milner
    When Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, the most immediate threat to the country was an attack on its shipping. That fear was so palpable that when periscopes were soon “sighted” in the St. Lawrence River, no one was surprised. A “submarine diviner”...
  • Canada’s first foreign war

    May 15, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Feb. 11, 1900, the 1,039-strong Canadian contingent recently deployed to South Africa joined a powerful British column at Graspan, on the Cape Colony’s eastern boundary with the Boer Orange Free State. The following day, under a blazing sun with temperatures peaking at 46°C, the...
  • Face to Face

    May 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    In 1899, the press in English Canada had a cause that filled the front pages. Britain was preparing to fight a war in South Africa against the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, ostensibly to protect the rights of uitlanders. These...
  • Montgomery and Rommel

    May 1, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Aug. 15, 1942, when Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army in North Africa, the British forces held a precarious defensive line based on El Alamein, Egypt, a way station 100 kilometres west of Alexandria. If that city fell to Field...
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