On This Date

On this date: August 2020

1 August 1957 Canada and the United States form the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) to integrate air defences. 2 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada contributed 4,500 military personnel to the 1991 Gulf War. 3 August 1981 Egypt and Israel sign a peace treaty, the Sinai is returned to Egypt and a...
  • On This Date – July 2011

    July 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    July 1, 1916: The Battle of the Somme begins in France. The Newfoundland Regiment, attached to a British division, is decimated at Beaumont-Hamel. July 2, 1941: The Royal Canadian Air Force is “officially” authorized to enlist women and creates the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, later...
  • 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...
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