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Chemistry experiments

Soldiers were used in the testing of chemical and biological weapons in the Second World War   When Lucien Chasse, a quarry driller from Quebec with a Grade 4 education and little English, signed up for the Canadian Army on Nov. 10, 1943, he had no idea what awaited him. The personnel-selection officer rated...
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    Heroes and Villains: Bethune and Franco

    May 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Feb. 8, 1937, some 150,000 Spanish civilians fled Málaga and General Francisco Franco’s closing Nationalist forces. Confined to a narrow coastal road, the refugees soon met Canadian doctor Norman Bethune   Norman Bethune, the 46-year-old former chief of thoracic surgery at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur Hospital, arrived...
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    Sinking the Bismarck

    May 1, 2016 by Marc Milner
    A handful of Canadians played modest roles in the historic demise of the Nazi battleship 75 years ago On May 21, 1941, the most powerful warship in Europe disappeared from her anchorage in Bergen, Norway. The British, anxiously watching and waiting, could surmise where the brand new 50,000-tonne...
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    On This Date: May 2016

    April 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 MAY 1961 No. 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron, RCAF is formed, based in Prince Edward Island. 2 MAY 1885 In the Battle of Cut Knife, Chief Poundmaker’s Cree warriors deal Canadian troops their last defeat of the Northwest Rebellion. 3 MAY 1917 Nearly 500 Germans...
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    Face to Face: On Bismarck

    April 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    It was the duty of HMS Hood to engage the enemy, and there were three good reasons why she was committed to battle against Germany’s Bismarck in May 1941. The first is simply that the Admiral-class Hood was the fastest battleship in the British fleet....
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    The aircrew boot

    April 5, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    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...
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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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