ARTIFACTS: Cool idea?

Aircraft carriers were a great innovation in protecting convoys out of range of land airbases during the Second World War. But aluminum and steel were in great demand. Could another material be used? Geoffrey Pyke, a researcher with Britain’s Combined Operations Headquarters, knew how difficult it is to destroy an iceberg, and he wondered:...
  • Discarded Medals

    April 20, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    It is oh, so easy for a veteran’s service and sacrifice to be forgotten. Veterans themselves may not tell their stories—perhaps to avoid painful memories or to spare loved ones from experiencing, even second-hand, the horrors of war—and this chapter in the family history, and...
  • The winged ship: HMCS Bras d’Or

    January 20, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Legion Magazine sat down with Lt. (N) Jason Delaney, Naval Historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage for the Department of National Defence, to discuss Canada’s hydrofoil project of the 1960s – HMCS Bras d’Or. During sea trials in 1969, the vessel exceeded 63...
  • Box of memories

    December 22, 2019 by Sharon Adams
      In early March, a large number of military artifacts from a little-known Canadian engagement was nearly lost to history. A boxful of photos and documents, leftovers from an estate sale, ended up donated to a Goodwill store in Port Colborne, Ont., which recognized its...
  • Goggle-eyed lifesaver

    September 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Legion Magazine sat down with Tim Cook, author and historian at the Canadian War Museum, to discuss the introduction of gas warfare in the First World War and the invention and evolution of Gas Masks used to save the soldiers’ lives. The first gas mask...
  • Tew’s sword

    July 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
     Seized as a battlefield trophy, then displayed by an Ottawa regiment for a half-century, a U.S. Civil War weapon is returned As long as there has been war, warriors have taken trophies from vanquished enemies: helmets, caps, badges, guns, knives and—most highly prized—swords. One...
  • The Flying Fox versus the Desert Fox

    June 14, 2019 by Don Gillmor
    Charley Fox grew up in Guelph, Ont., and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the spring of 1940. He initially worked as a flight instructor and finally saw action in 1943 as a lieutenant with No. 412 Squadron, whose duties included bomber escort and...
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