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Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Cyprus

The RCAF began delivering troops and supplies for the Canadian contingent of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus on March 13, 1964. No one expected the Canadian mission would end 29 years later, or that Canada would continue to have a presence on the Mediterranean island to this day. Trouble started almost immediately...
  • The Battle of Ortona begins

    December 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Seventy-five years ago, under cover of darkness on the night of Dec. 5-6, 1943, Canadian troops in Italy began a nearly month-long campaign that would end with the capture of Ortona. In July 1943, the Allies invaded Sicily, opening a new front. After the capture...
  • Sir Arthur Currie, a national hero

    November 28, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps during the First World War, died a national hero on Nov. 30, 1933, aged 58. Respected for his military acumen, he perfected battle strategies and honed his men into elite assault troops whose...
  • Gerda Munsinger: spy or party girl?

    November 21, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    “If a woman wants to make a career for herself, she must learn to listen. When men want to talk, I let them talk,” said the woman behind the sex scandal that rocked the country in the 1960s. Listening is a good skill for a...
  • 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...
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