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Queen Victoria and the growth of Canada

May 24 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, during whose 63-year reign Canada moved from colony to confederation—mostly peacefully, thanks in large part to her. Perhaps she was predisposed to fondness for the colony, as her father, Edward, Duke of Kent lived in Canada in the 1790s, eventually becoming commander-in-chief...
  • Fierce fighting at Reichswald Forest

    February 20, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    On Feb. 19, 1945, midway through Operation Veritable, the Allied plan to surge into Germany, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) and Essex Scottish were in a tight spot. They were part of a pincer movement launched on Feb. 8 and wrapped up in March,...
  • Firestorm at Dresden remains controversial

    February 15, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    Operation Thunderclap was well named, both for its terrifying effect on the German city of Dresden during the Second World War and for reverberations heard through decades since. In raids on Feb. 14-15, 1945, about 1,200 Allied planes bombed the city of Dresden. In the...
  • King George VI dies

    February 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    King George VI, his health eroded in part from the stresses of the Second World War, died on Feb. 6, 1952. He served in both world wars and was the first British sovereign to have seen action in battle since William IV, whose coat was...
  • A Mountie is killed by the Mad Trapper

    January 30, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    On Jan. 30, 1932, Albert Johnson, known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River, sealed his fate by killing RCMP Constable Edgar Millen. Surly and unfriendly, Johnson built a cabin in the summer of 1931 at prime trapping grounds along the Rat River in the...
  • Canadians take island on the Maas River

    January 23, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    At the battle of Kapelsche Veer on the Maas River in the Netherlands Jan. 26-31, 1945, it was as though hell had frozen over. After failed attacks by the Polish and British, the 4th Canadian Armoured Division was ordered to destroy the German position on...
  • The Gulf War begins

    January 16, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    The Persian Gulf War began on Jan. 16-17, 1991, when a coalition of 35 countries under the United Nations came together to push Iraq out of Kuwait. Iraq invaded on Aug. 2, 1990, claiming Kuwaiti oil rigs were tapping into Iraqi oil fields and that...
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