On This Date

On this date: April 2017

1 APRIL 1915 First Canadian Division is ordered to join defence of the Ypres Salient. 2 APRIL 1917 The Royal Flying Corps starts training at Camp Borden, Ont. 3 APRIL 1945 The First Canadian Army captures the German town of Zevenaar.   4 APRIL 1916 Canadians relieve exhausted British forces at St. Éloi. 5...
  • On This Date – September 2010

    September 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 SEPTEMBER 1939 The Second World War begins as German forces sweep into Poland with the power of the “lightning war,” better known as the blitzkrieg. Advance East of Arras. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA 2 SEPTEMBER 1918 In France, throughout September and October, the...
  • On This Date – August 2010

    August 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 AUGUST 1957 As the Cold War continues, Canada and the U.S. agree to pool operational control of  air defences. This leads to the creation of the North American Air Defence Command (Norad), later renamed North American Aerospace Defence Command. Iraq invades Kuwait. PHOTO: UNITED...
  • On This Date – July 2010

    July 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 JULY 1916 The Anglo-French Somme offensive begins astride the Somme River in Picardy, France. The Newfoundland Regiment, attached to the 29th British Division, is decimated at...
  • On This Date – June 2010

    June 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE, 1876 The Royal Military College opens at Kingston, Ont. 2 JUNE 1916 The 3rd Canadian Division is mauled by a German attack in the Ypres Salient. 3 JUNE 1989 Toronto’s Skydome is opened. Toronto Skydome. PHOTO: iStockphoto 4 JUNE 1944 The Canadian and...
  • On This Date – May 2010

    May 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    MAY 1, 1945 As part of the Pacific Fleet, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Uganda and elements of Task Force 57 place themselves to intercept Japanese air strikes headed for the island of Okinawa south of Japan. Uganda, along with other cruisers and battleships, bombards air bases...
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