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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...
  • Firefight in Kandahar

    May 8, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    For weeks in April 2011, Kandahar in Afghanistan had endured an increasing number of Taliban attacks. On May 7, the city of a million descended into chaos. Somewhere between 60 and 100 insurgents and 20 suicide bombers attacked multiple targets, including the governor’s compound, Afghan...
  • Canadians take Fresnoy

    May 1, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    After taking Vimy Ridge in early April 1917, Canadian Corps’ success in France continued with an attack on the Arleux Loop on April 28-29 that drove the Germans to Fresnoy-en-Gohelle. General Sir Douglas Haig then had two objectives: to secure a more defensible position and...
  • Holding back the Chinese

    April 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    For two days in the spring of 1951, the 700 men of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry helped stop the advance of 5,000 Chinese forces during the Battle of Kapyong in Korea. The battle was a turning point in the...
  • The sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

    April 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS Esquimalt, the last Canadian warship lost to enemy action in the Second World War, went down within sight of Halifax. Although 43 of the 71 crew survived the sinking, 16 died after spending six hours in the frigid waters. That spring, the days of...
  • Attacked from above

    April 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    April 10, 1917, a furious air battle was taking place as troops assaulted the eastern slope of Hill 145 near La Folie wood during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Despite a plague of German fighters, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) kept observation planes aloft, taking...
  • HMCS Iroquois, a destroyer, took over on April 2, 2003, as the flagship of the multinational anti-terrorism fleet in the Persian Gulf on Operation Apollo, which was established following the terrorist attacks in the United States in September 2001. Canada was among the first to...