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On this date: Janaury 2018

1 January 1916 In his New Years’ message, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announces the country’s goal to place 500,000 men in uniform. 2 January 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane to Fort Vermilion, Alta. 3 January 1962 An RCAF helicopter crew rescues 23 men from...
  • On This Date – June 2011

    June 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    June 1, 1956: The Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Air Force finalize plans for the Mid-Canada Line, a line of defensive radar sites stretching from Labrador to British...
  • On This Date – May 2011

    May 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    May 1, 1961: 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is formed. Based at Summerside, P.E.I., the squadron flies Argus anti-submarine/marine patrol aircraft. May 2, 1885: At the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan, Lieutenant-Colonel William Otter and 500 troops attack Chief Poundmaker’s Cree camp, one of three...
  • On This Date – April 2011

    April 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    April 1, 1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence. April 2, 2003: Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance. April 3, 1974: A...
  • On This Date – March 2011

    March 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    MARCH 1, 1917: Fourth Canadian Division launches a poison gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. It ends in disaster as many of the Canadians are overcome by gas when the wind changes direction and when German artillery fire ruptures some of the gas...
  • On This Date – February 2011

    February 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Feb. 1, 1944: First Canadian Corps Headquarters takes over the front in Italy north of Ortona under command of Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar. For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps was operating in the front line. Feb. 2, 1943: Following a long...
  • On This Date – January 2011

    January 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    1 JANUARY 1916 Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden promises to field an army of half a million men, and decides to commit two more army divisions to the Western Front. 2 JANUARY 1908 The Royal Mint of Ottawa opens, later known as the Royal Canadian...