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Forming the Canadian Airborne Regiment

With the formation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment on April 8, 1968, the Chief of the Defence Staff General Jean Victor Allard achieved his dream of a flexible immediate response force. He intended it to be quite different. “This regiment would not reflect the identity of a Victorian-era regiment because its members would serve...
  • Japan advances on Hong Kong

    December 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In late 1941, Japan began its war against the West, attacking the American base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, invading Malaya the next day, and marching on Hong Kong. Canada had dispatched the Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Rifles from Quebec City to join...
  • The death of a poet and fighter pilot

    December 11, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    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...
  • Crossing the Moro River

    December 4, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the winter of 1943, the Allies in Italy had pushed the Germans north to a defensive line stretching from Naples to Ortona, from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. The Germans were dug in along the Moro River south of Ortona. On Dec. 4,...
  • The Grey Cup in Lahore

    November 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In late November 1965, Canadian peacekeepers at an air base in Lahore, Pakistan, received an early Christmas present—a film recording of the Grey Cup game. Nearly 100 Canadians had been deployed on a United Nations mission supervising a ceasefire between warring India and Pakistan in...
  • The sinking of U-536

    November 20, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In an irony of war, a German U-boat meant to harry the eastern coast of Canada came to its bitter end in the mid-Atlantic, its surviving crew rescued by Canadian sailors. U-536 was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Rolf Shauenburg, who had joined the navy in 1934,...
  • Montreal is captured by the Americans

    November 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On Nov. 13, 1775, Montreal was captured, without a fight, by American revolutionaries. The American Revolution, the revolt by American Patriots in the British colonies on the Eastern Seaboard which began in April 1775, naturally boiled over from the Thirteen Colonies to British colonies in...
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