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On This Date: October 2015

  1 OCTOBER 1944 Battle of the Scheldt begins; the First Canadian Army has a hard slog to open the port of Antwerp. 2 OCTOBER 2001 The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign is boosted by NATO’s affirmation that an attack on one member is an attack on all. 3 OCTOBER 1914 The first contingent of 30,000...
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    On This Date: September 2015

    September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1944 Dieppe, France, is liberated, predominantly by Canadian troops. September 2, 1998 Swissair 111 crashes off Nova Scotia, killing 229. September 3, 1916 The Canadian Corps takes a three-kilometre section of the front along Pozières Ridge near the Somme River in northern France....
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    On This Date: August 2015

    August 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada sends a naval task group. AUGUST 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg, has mobilized 1.5 million men. AUGUST 3, 2005 Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, Ernest “Smokey” Smith, VC,...
  • Street scene with Canadian soldiers and French civilians. [LAC/PA-162665]

    On This Date: July 2015

    July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    JULY 1, 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born Chief of the Naval Staff. JULY 2, 1885 The Northwest Rebellion ends with the surrender of Big Bear, and with it, the nomadic life of the...
  • Members of the Chaudiere Regiment approach Bernières-sur-Mer, France, in a landing craft on D-Day. [LAC/PA-131498]

    On This Date: June 2015

    June 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    JUNE 1, 1943 HMCS Conestoga in Galt, Ont., is commissioned as the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training centre. Women complete courses in physical training and navy customs and tradition. JUNE 2, 1866 The Fenian Brotherhood crosses the Niagara River and defeats Canadian volunteers at...
  • Officers of the Royal 22e Régiment, San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy. [LAC/PA-130590]

    On This Date: May 2015

    May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    MAY 1, 1938 The Canadian Tank School is transferred from Wolseley Barracks in London, Ont., to Camp Borden and renamed the Canadian Armoured Fighting Vehicles...
  • On This Date: April 2015

    April 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    APRIL 1, 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. Nunavut covers one-fifth of Canada and the Inuit make up 85 per cent of the population. APRIL 2, 1885 Soldiers from Eastern Canada travelling west by train encounter incomplete...