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Fierce fighting at Reichswald Forest

On Feb. 19, 1945, midway through Operation Veritable, the Allied plan to surge into Germany, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) and Essex Scottish were in a tight spot. They were part of a pincer movement launched on Feb. 8 and wrapped up in March, in which the British XXX Corps and 3rd Canadian...
  • Firestorm at Dresden remains controversial

    February 15, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    Operation Thunderclap was well named, both for its terrifying effect on the German city of Dresden during the Second World War and for reverberations heard through decades since. In raids on Feb. 14-15, 1945, about 1,200 Allied planes bombed the city of Dresden. In the...
  • King George VI dies

    February 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    King George VI, his health eroded in part from the stresses of the Second World War, died on Feb. 6, 1952. He served in both world wars and was the first British sovereign to have seen action in battle since William IV, whose coat was...
  • On this date: February 2019

    February 4, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 February 1968 The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force are unified into a single organization called the Canadian Forces. 2 February 1943 The last of the German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad. 3 February 1916 The Parliament Buildings in...
  • A Mountie is killed by the Mad Trapper

    January 30, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    On Jan. 30, 1932, Albert Johnson, known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River, sealed his fate by killing RCMP Constable Edgar Millen. Surly and unfriendly, Johnson built a cabin in the summer of 1931 at prime trapping grounds along the Rat River in the...
  • Canadians take island on the Maas River

    January 23, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    At the battle of Kapelsche Veer on the Maas River in the Netherlands Jan. 26-31, 1945, it was as though hell had frozen over. After failed attacks by the Polish and British, the 4th Canadian Armoured Division was ordered to destroy the German position on...
  • Artifacts: Scale model

    January 16, 2019 by Sharon Adams
     Legion Magazine’s Stephen J. Thorne sat down with Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, to discuss what is perhaps the most divisive Canadian project and program of the 20th century – The Avro Arrow. A component of the...
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