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Motorcycle messengers

Dispatch riders had doubly dangerous duties during the Second World War   One shell fell behind him, and when a second exploded just ahead, dispatch rider Gordon Edward Allen knew German gunners were homing in on him. “They can hear that stupid bike of yours,” said the sergeant giving Allen directions that would take...
  • The Battle of Ortona begins

    December 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Seventy-five years ago, under cover of darkness on the night of Dec. 5-6, 1943, Canadian troops in Italy began a nearly month-long campaign that would end with the capture of Ortona. In July 1943, the Allies invaded Sicily, opening a new front. After the capture...
  • On this date: December 2018

    December 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 2009 Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk returns to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. 3 December 1942 An RAF Wellington bomber, crewed mainly by Canadians, is badly shot up but still acquires key data on German airborne radar. 7 December 1941...
  • Sir Arthur Currie, a national hero

    November 28, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps during the First World War, died a national hero on Nov. 30, 1933, aged 58. Respected for his military acumen, he perfected battle strategies and honed his men into elite assault troops whose...
  • Gerda Munsinger: spy or party girl?

    November 21, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    “If a woman wants to make a career for herself, she must learn to listen. When men want to talk, I let them talk,” said the woman behind the sex scandal that rocked the country in the 1960s. Listening is a good skill for a...
  • The sinking of U-211

    November 14, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The crew of U-211 was very lucky under the leadership of Korvettenkapitän Karl Hause, who took command after the German submarine had been commissioned in March 1942. It would eventually be a member of eight different wolf packs wreaking havoc in the North Atlantic. On...
  • CPR reaches completion

    November 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The dream of an iron road running from sea to sea was realized at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, when financier Donald Smith drove the final spike connecting the east and west arms of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, B.C., in a pass...
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