Life on the line

The Second World War put 750,000 Canadians into khaki uniforms. Men from all parts of the country suddenly found themselves living in barracks and learning how to be soldiers. The transition was not easy and everyone had to learn to march, shoot and fight. The tens of thousands who saw action had to adjust...
  • Touring Beyond Normandy

    May 21, 2014 by Terry Copp
    As 70th anniversary commemorations get underway for D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, it is important to remember that the majority of combat soldiers who fought in Northwest Europe in 1944 and 1945 only joined their units in the last eight months of the...
  • While the weight of a soldier’s kit could vary—depending on the task—it was anything but light on D-Day. These two figures illustrate, in general terms, the varied and specialized uniform and equipment worn by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion airborne (left) and North Shore (N.B.) Regiment...
  • 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 1944-2014

    May 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign will soon be underway. Here are a few facts, quotes and graphics on D-Day....
  • Normandy Tour: Roads To The River Seine

    March 26, 2014 by Terry Copp
    Most of the Canadian soldiers who served in the Battle of Normandy were not involved in the D-Day landings or the bridgehead battles. The 2nd Canadian Division did not arrive in France until after the capture of Caen on July 9 and 4th Armoured Div. reached...
  • Normandy Tour: Juno Beach Route

    January 21, 2014 by Terry Copp
    The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will introduce a new generation of Canadians to events that have long stirred the imaginations and collective memories of veterans and their children. There will no doubt be extensive television coverage on June 6, centered on...
  • In The Footsteps Of War

    November 21, 2013 by Terry Copp
    As the battle of Normandy ended in the last days of August 1944, the soldiers focused their energies on the pursuit of the German army and the liberation of northern France. It was left to the war correspondents to make sense of the confused, bloody campaign...
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