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Heroes and Villains: Smith & 26th Panzers

HERO: PRIVATE ERNEST ALVIA (SMOKEY) SMITH Having crossed Italy’s Savio River on the night of Oct. 21-22, 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s ‘C’ Company and newly formed tank-hunting platoon cut the Cesena–Ravenna road alongside a badly damaged church. The force numbered just 50 men. Twenty were tank hunters, heavily armed with four PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launchers. Among these...
  • Heroes and Villains | Radley-Walters & Wittmann

    August 8, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Aug. 8, 1944, Sydney Radley-Walters was a newly minted 24-year-old major who had seen his first tank only two years earlier, when the Sherbrooke Fusiliers converted from infantry to armour. “Not one of us knew anything about armour or even what a tank looked...
  • Face to Face

    May 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    In 1899, the press in English Canada had a cause that filled the front pages. Britain was preparing to fight a war in South Africa against the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, ostensibly to protect the rights of uitlanders. These...
  • Montgomery and Rommel

    May 1, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Aug. 15, 1942, when Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army in North Africa, the British forces held a precarious defensive line based on El Alamein, Egypt, a way station 100 kilometres west of Alexandria. If that city fell to Field...
  • Heroes and Villains

    March 1, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    48-year-old teacher and translator, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was returning home by bus to Helston, Cornwall, after visiting her two children in London when she saw a blood-drenched man lying on the street. Thinking the man had been struck by a vehicle, and having taken first-aid training...
  • Schindler & Göth

    January 3, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    In order to save about 1,200 Jews from certain death, German industrialist Oskar Schindler feigned friendship with Nazi butcher Amon Göth.   Before becoming a wealthy industrialist, Oskar Schindler had served as a German military intelligence agent in his native Sudetenland (currently part of the...
  • Heroes and Villains: Obama and bin Laden

    November 1, 2016 by Mark Zuehlke
    Immediately after being elected, U.S. President Barack Obama made hunting down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden his administration’s top mission in the war on terrorism While campaigning in June 2008, Barack Obama promised to capture al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden but offered few details of...
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