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On this date: May 2020

1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf. 3 May 1942 The Nazis require Dutch Jews aged six and over to wear yellow stars with the word ‘Jood’ (Jew) on their clothing. 4 May 1945 General Harry Crerar calls off all assaults as a...
  • On this date: October 2018

    October 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    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...
  • On this date: September 2018

    September 4, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1939 Nazi Germany invades Poland. 2 September 1918 After a week of heavy fighting, Canadian troops break through the Drocourt-Quéant Line at Arras, France. 7 September 1942 HMCS Raccoon is sunk by U-165 while on convoy duty near Pointe-au-Père, Que., killing all 37...
  • On this Date: August 2018

    August 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada announces it will send a naval task group. 3 August 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first test call on a telephone, to his uncle, David Charles Bell, who spoke to him from a telegraph office in Brantford,...
  • On this date: July 2018

    July 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1943 The second of two Canadian convoys departs Scotland en route to the Mediterranean. 2 July 1885 Plains Cree chief Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) surrenders to North West Mounted Police officers, ending the Northwest Rebellion. 3 July 1931 HMC ships Saguenay and Skeena complete...
  • On this date: June 2018

    June 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 June 1876 The Royal Military College of Canada opens in Kingston, Ont., with a class of 18 cadets. 2 June 1916 Canadian positions are hit by German shellfire at the northern edge of Sanctuary Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. 3 June 1885 In the Battle...
  • On this date: May 2018

    May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 May 1918 Private Robert Cruickshank is awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions under heavy fire east of the Jordan River in Palestine. 2-3 May 1953 Bombarded by Chinese attacks, ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, sustains heavy casualties in the final Canadian...
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