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The law reaches Fort Whoop-Up

  In 1873, the people of what is now southern Alberta and Saskatchewan had a serious complaint. With no police force, traders and outlaws who had fled prohibition in the United States had established a well-defended fort where they traded buffalo robes and sold U.S. whiskey, largely to First Nations people, and spread criminal...
  • 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...
  • Maggie delivers peacekeepers to the Suez Canal

    January 11, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    On Jan. 12, 1957, HMCS Magnificent arrived at Port Said, Egypt, delivering Canadian peacekeepers for the UN Emergency Force policing the Suez Crisis. Light aircraft carriers built in Britain during the Second World War, Magnificent and HMCS Warrior were earmarked for Canada in anticipation of...
  • A prime minister of war and peace

    December 27, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The calm and soft-spoken Lester Pearson, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was ironically the prime minster with the longest war experience. Pearson enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in April 1915, as soon as he turned 18, and served as a medical orderly...
  • The first Canadian in the RFC

    December 19, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Malcolm McBean Bell-Irving, 22, of Vancouver, made his way to Britain in August 1914 and joined the Royal Flying Corps in September, reportedly the corps’ first Canadian-born pilot, the first Canadian pilot to make a kill in the war, and the first Canadian pilot to...
  • Britain scores the first WW II sea victory

    December 12, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    On Ontario farmland safely inland from Second World War bombing, a town sprang up to house 9,000 people working at a munitions factory that produced 40 million shells for the Allied war effort. The town was named Ajax, after a ship in a little-remembered sea...