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The backlash against Japanese-Canadians

On Jan. 7, 1942, a month to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a wartime committee recommended to the Canadian government that Japanese-Canadians—even if second- or third- generation—not be allowed to volunteer for or be conscripted into the armed services, on grounds of strong public opinion against them. It was among a...
  • Canadians start the first trench raids

    February 27, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    In the dead of night on Feb. 28, 1915, 100 men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry sneaked out of their trenches near Ypres, Belgium, crossed no man’s land and destroyed 30 yards of German trenches. It was the first trench raid of the...
  • 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...