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The death of a poet and fighter pilot

On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there are pilots who want to slip the surly bonds...
  • The sinking of U-211

    November 14, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The crew of U-211 was very lucky under the leadership of Korvettenkapitän Karl Hause, who took command after the German submarine had been commissioned in March 1942. It would eventually be a member of eight different wolf packs wreaking havoc in the North Atlantic. On...
  • CPR reaches completion

    November 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The dream of an iron road running from sea to sea was realized at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, when financier Donald Smith drove the final spike connecting the east and west arms of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, B.C., in a pass...
  • Clearing the Scheldt

    October 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Overnight on Oct. 31, 1944, Canadian troops fought to establish a foothold on Walcheren Island, the last obstacle to opening the port of Antwerp, Belgium, to Allied shipping. The Allied invasion moved so quickly that by September, supplies had become a problem. What could be...
  • HMCS Skeena

    October 24, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    After five years of intrepid war service, HMCS Skeena came to an ironically tragic end on anti-submarine patrol, sunk not by enemy torpedoes, but by the most relentless of sailors’ enemies, the sea. One of three Canadian ships ordered to seek shelter from a gale...
  • Taking back Hill 355 – October 17, 1952

    October 17, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Hill 355, about 40 kilometres south of Seoul, South Korea, was so named by the United Nations military coalition during the Korean War because it was 355 metres above sea level. The troops called it Little Gibraltar because, like the British fortress for which it...
  • Wallace Algie’s sacrifice – Oct. 11, 1918

    October 10, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    After occupying Cambrai, France, Canadian troops continued the Hundred Days Offensive, engaging in the attack on Iwuy, eight kilometres to the northeast, on Oct. 11, 1918. German machine gunners laid down heavy fire from secure positions atop a railway embankment and behind groups of houses...