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  • The Canadian Corps reunites for a big bash

    August 6, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On the weekend of Aug. 4, 1934, more than 90,000 veterans—from every corner of Canada and some from Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States—converged on Toronto for a massive Canadian Corps reunion. The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the start of...
  • Treachery on Anticosti Island

    July 29, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    The submarine attacks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during the Second World War were the stuff of nightmares. How much worse would it have been if Germany had established a toehold off the coast of Quebec? That may be just what they tried to...
  • The fighting after Hill 70

    July 21, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    The Battle for Hill 70 was an important victory for the Canadian Corps in August 1917, though it did not achieve its ultimate objective. The Canadians had been ordered to capture the German stronghold at Lens, a French coal-mining centre. But first, Hill 70 had...
  • Sherman tanks storm through Sicily

    July 15, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Jack Wallace, a 23-year-old Sherman tank commander with the Three Rivers Regiment, arrived in Sicily in the heat of summer 77 years ago, he recalled in Shermans in Sicily: The Diary of a Young Soldier, Summer 1943. Aboard ship for Reveille before 6 a.m. July...
  • HMCS Labrador explores the Arctic

    July 8, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Commissioned on July 8, 1954, HMCS Labrador was the first warship to sail across the Northwest Passage, returning to home port in Halifax via the Panama Canal, the first to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage. But the Wind-class icebreaker’s biggest contributions were mapping...
  • The first day of the Battle of the Somme

    July 1, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    The Battle of the Somme lasted more than four months, but a single half hour on a single day, the day the battle started, is burned into Newfoundlanders’ hearts. July 1, 1916, was the day the men of the Newfoundland Regiment advanced into a blizzard...
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