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Six Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War

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. Robert Powell  6. Geoffrey Taylor...
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    Behind the throttle in a MiG-29

    August 2, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    From the department of Cold War Hijinks At the Abbotsford Air Show, during the dying days of the Cold War, Canadian CF-18 pilot Major Bob Wade became the first Western pilot to fly a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft. Here’s how he did it  ...
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    Blue puttees

    August 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Puttees provided ankle support and stopped muck, debris and critters from getting into the boots   Newfoundland’s governor answered Britain’s call to arms in August 1914 with a promise: the dominion would raise a regiment, enlisting the first 500 soldiers within a month. But with...
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    On this date: August 2016

    July 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
      1 AUGUST 1959 Georges P. Vanier, Canada’s first French-speaking governor general, is appointed. 2 AUGUST 1909 The Silver Dart makes its first passenger flight, in an army evaluation at Camp Petawawa. 3 AUGUST 2006 Four soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry are...
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    Our Back Pages: 1961-1979

    July 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    From Legionary to Legion Magazine Fourth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine The Legionary carried on in its large format throughout the 1960s. Articles typically addressed the issues of resettling veterans from the Second World War and...
  • HMCS Esquimalt (J 272)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

Navy	The Royal Canadian Navy

Type	Minesweeper

Class	Bangor 

Pennant	J 272 

Built by	Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada) 


Laid down	20 Dec 1940 

Launched	8 Aug 1941 

Commissioned	26 Oct 1942 

Lost	16 Apr 1945 

Loss position	44.28N, 63.10W (See a map)


History	HMCS Escquimalt (Lt. Robert Cunningham MacMillan, DSC and Bar, RCNVR) was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1945 by U-190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, Canada in position 44º28'N, 63º10'W.

44 of the crew were lost with the ship and 26 of the crew survived the sinking.


Hit by U-boat

Sunk on 16 Apr 1945 by U-190 (Reith).

    The Carley float

    July 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Many sailors owed their lives to this durable, quick-launching raft The corvette HMCS Louisburg was on escort duty off the coast of North Africa when she was hit by a torpedo dropped from an Italian plane at sunset on Feb. 6, 1943. In minutes, Able...
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    Kennedy and Khrushchev

    June 30, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    For 13 days in October 1962, the world stood on the precipice of nuclear Armageddon as President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev squared off during the Cuban missile crisis   On Jan. 20, 1961, newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy inherited an...
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