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On this date: October 2018

1 October 1943 Allied forces enter Naples. 2 October 1944 The Battle of the Scheldt begins. 3 October 1914 More than 30,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force depart en route to Europe, the largest convoy ever to sail from Canada. 4 October 1957 The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow is unveiled at Malton, Ont....
  • 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...
  • On This Date – December 2010

    December 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    . 1 DECEMBER 1996 A recovery team locates the remains of crew members killed when Royal Canadian Air Force Dakota KN-563 crashed during a monsoon on June 21, 1945. The plane had been flying supplies to British troops in Burma (now Myanmar). 2 DECEMBER 1968...
  • On This Date – November 2010

    November 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    . 1 NOVEMBER 1939 Daily coast-to-coast flights launched by Trans-Canada Air Lines. Trans-Canada Air Lines brochure. PHOTO: BJORN LARSSON 2 NOVEMBER 1971 Eight Canadian Forces crew members die when a Dakota aircraft crashes near Cape Perry, N.W.T. 3 NOVEMBER 1972 No. 444 Squadron is established at...
  • On This Date – October 2010

    October 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 OCTOBER 1990 Two months after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Athabaskan (3rd) and HMCS Terra Nova sail out of Bahrain on their first Multinational Interception Force patrol. Along with HMCS Protecteur, the task force is part of the MIF in...

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