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Bring out the big guns

Getting at an entrenched enemy is a problem as old as warfare, and one that grew more complex as the great and powerful retreated behind thicker and higher walls. There were several ways of taking a castle or fort: scale the walls, bring them down by hurling large rocks at them, tunnel underneath, batter...
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    What will the New Cold War look like?

    September 14, 2016 by Don Gillmor
    Illustration by Brad Holland A new president, old animosities, and uncertain alliances; welcome to the New Cold War   On Oct. 15, 1962, an American spy plane took photographs of Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba. The missiles were capable of delivering nuclear warheads to...
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    WWII Origins of the Paralympic Games

    September 8, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    In honour of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Legion Magazine highlights the military ties to the history of the Games in this short video tribute....
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    Canada’s mission to Kandahar was a success because the Canadian Army, and civilians operating alongside the Army, achieved their mission goals. When Canada’s armed forces moved to Kandahar province in 2005, they were to undertake three related missions. First, to launch a Provincial Reconstruction Team...
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    Heroes and villains: Tecumseh and Procter

    September 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
      During the War of 1812, the disastrous defeat that led to First Nations Confederacy leader Tecumseh’s death resulted as much from his ally Major-General Henry Procter’s incompetence as from American fighting skill. Before the War of 1812, American westward settlement flooded across many First...
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    On this date: September 2016

    September 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1942 HMCS Morden sinks U-756 southwest  of Ireland. 2 September 1918 The Canadian Corps hammers the Hindenburg Line. 3 September 1943 Canadian and British forces land on mainland Italy. 4 September 2013 Jules Paivio dies, last Mackenzie- Papineau Batallion veteran, who defied federal laws...
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    With the recent success of Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Legion Magazine looks back at the six Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War with a short video tribute. Canadian Olympians: 1. James Duffy  2. Alex Decoteau  3. Tom Longboat 4. Percival Molson  5....
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