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The aircrew boot

It concealed escape tools and was designed to transform into an ordinary shoe When Erin Napier is asked about her favourite item in the collection of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ont., the curator produces a pair of well-worn leather boots, originally property of Second World War Lancaster flight engineer James Allward....
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    On this date: April 2016

    March 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
        1 APRIL 1734 Canada’s first lighthouse goes into operation at Louisbourg, the French fortress on Cape Breton Island. 2 APRIL 1973 Canada’s first national lottery is announced; it raises $15 million toward the $1.5 billion 1976 Summer Olympics. 3 APRIL 1669 King Louis...
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    Two trigger fingers

    March 24, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    From the Department of High-Stakes Charades Twenty-five years ago, Richard Austin served in the Persian Gulf War aboard HMCS Athabaskan. One of few people in Canada trained on the ship’s newest weapons system, he found himself in a predicament We had only two weeks to...
  • Ftf
    Terry Copp Says No   Historians often rely on hindsight to determine what questions are worth asking. Since we know the tragic results of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Hadow’s orders, we naturally want to know why he sent the Newfoundland Regiment forward on July 1, 1916. Hindsight...
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    Dallaire and Ngeze

    March 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    Roméo Dallaire and Hassan Ngeze likely never met, but the Canadian general’s efforts to prevent genocide in Rwanda conflicted with the plan of one of the masterminds behind the slaughter of the country’s Tutsi peoples On May 1, 1994, Major-General Roméo Dallaire arrived at the...
  • On this date: March 2016

    March 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1633 Samuel de Champlain becomes the first governor of New France. 2 March 1923 Canada signs its first independent international treaty—with the United States— to preserve the Pacific halibut fishery. 3 March 1942 Avro Lancasters lay mines off the coast of Germany in...
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    My Story | Atomic X-ray

    February 18, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Canadian veteran Alan Blunt of Port Alberni, B.C., describes how he got to see through his own hand   I was in grade 10 and wasn’t getting very good marks and I decided there must be better things to do than go to school. So I joined the military. I...
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