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On this date: October 2016

1 OCTOBER 1916 The Battle of Ancre Heights begins. 2 OCTOBER 1952 Three are killed, 10 wounded when the HMCS Iroquois is hit by a shore battery in North Korea. 3 OCTOBER 1927 Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King chats with the British PM, inaugurating Canadian transatlantic telephone service. 4 OCTOBER 1914 The SS Florizel,...
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    At war with home

    October 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    My Story: From the department of veterans’ complaints When Aaron Bedard went to war in Afghanistan, it was because he loved his country. Never did he imagine he would be a lead plaintiff in a multi-year legal battle fighting for proper care, now on the cusp...
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    The housewife

    October 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Sewing kits were a surprisingly versatile tool for soldiers in the field At fleet school they said, ‘If we wanted you to have a wife, we’d issue you with one,’” recalls navy veteran Jim Ross. “And then they did.” In his six months at Canadian...
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    Bring out the big guns

    September 16, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    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...
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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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