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On this date: February 2017

1 FEBRUARY 1945 PoW Sgt. Jean Louis Warren escapes from a boxcar headed for Germany and evades capture to war’s end. 2 FEBRUARY 1944 Christmas parcels finally reach 1st Canadian Corps troops fighting near Ortona, Italy. 3 FEBRUARY 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the RCAF (Women’s Division). 4 FEBRUARY 1917...
  • On This Date: January 2015

    January 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    JANUARY 1, 1916 Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announces plan to increase the Canadian Expeditionary Force to 500,000...
  • On This Date: December 2014

    December 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    PHOTO: COMBAT CAMERA—AR2011-0576-24 DECEMBER 1, 2011 The Canadian flag is lowered during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, marking the end of Canada’s military presence in southern Afghanistan under Operation Athena. DECEMBER 2, 1942 The atomic age is ushered in with the first—and ultra-secret—controlled, self-sustaining nuclear...
  • On This Date: November 2014

    November 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    NOVEMBER 1-2, 1944 The 5th Canadian Brigade suffers 135 casualties while forcing its way across Walcheren causeway in the Battle of the Scheldt. NOVEMBER 3, 1952 The 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry begins training in Korea before going into...
  • On This Date: October 2014

    October 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    OCTOBER 1, 1944 Calais, France, is occupied by the 3rd Canadian Division. OCTOBER 2-3, 1944 First Canadian Army begins its hard slog to clear the Scheldt Estuary in an effort to open the port of...
  • On This Date: September 2014

    September 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1864 The Charlottetown Conference begins. It is a step towards Confederation. Japanese sign terms of surrender on a United States battleship in Tokyo Bay. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2, 1945 Japanese sign terms of surrender on a United States battleship in Tokyo...
  • On This Date: August 2014

    August 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1957 Canada and the United States announce formation of the North American Aerospace Defence Command, integrating air defence of the two nations. AUGUST 2, 1990 Several hundred foreign nationals are used as human shields after 100,000 Iraqi troops invade Kuwait and seize the...
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