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The death of a poet and fighter pilot

On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there are pilots who want to slip the surly bonds...
  • Crossing the Moro River

    December 4, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the winter of 1943, the Allies in Italy had pushed the Germans north to a defensive line stretching from Naples to Ortona, from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. The Germans were dug in along the Moro River south of Ortona. On Dec. 4,...
  • On this date: December 2019

    December 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 1996 Remains of crew members killed in the crash of RCAF Dakota KN-563 on June 21, 1945, are recovered. The plane had been flying supplies to British troops in Burma (now Myanmar).   2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned;...
  • The Grey Cup in Lahore

    November 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In late November 1965, Canadian peacekeepers at an air base in Lahore, Pakistan, received an early Christmas present—a film recording of the Grey Cup game. Nearly 100 Canadians had been deployed on a United Nations mission supervising a ceasefire between warring India and Pakistan in...
  • Heroes and Villains: Gandhi & Godse

    November 26, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
    Hero: Mahatma Gandhi Two days before his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi said, “If I’m to die by the bullet of a madman, I must do so smiling. God must be in my heart and on my lips. And if anything happens, you are not to shed...
  • Managing Canada’s Wartime Image

    November 24, 2019 by Graham Chandler
    The view looks out over the massive forward guns of a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer. “A never-ending stream of war supplies that Britain must have if victory is to be achieved, manned by men determined that the North Atlantic supply line not be broken,” booms...
  • The Art of Recruitment

    November 23, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Canada was unprepared for the Second World War. It had only a score of aircraft and a handful of destroyers. Its army was small and lacked modern equipment. And coming out of the Depression, with the sacrifices of the First World War still vivid, Canadians...
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