On This Date

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: July 2014

    July 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Troops leaving trenches during the Battle of the Somme. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA207187 JULY 1, 1916 On the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, 780 men of the Newfoundland Regiment attack; only 68 answer roll call the next day. JULY 2, 1904...
  • On This Date: June 2014

    June 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    JUNE 1, 2004 The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti assumes responsibility for supporting the transitional government and reforming the national police force. Canadian police and military personnel play significant roles. JUNE 2, 1917 Canadian Billy Bishop conducts a solo aerial attack on a German aerodrome in Cambrai,...
  • On This Date: May 2014

    May 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    MAY 29, 1948 The United Nations Truce Supervision Organization is authorized, and assigns peacekeepers to maintain a ceasefire in...
  • On This Date: April 2014

    April 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    APRIL 1, 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force becomes a permanent component of Canada’s defence forces. APRIL 2, 1885 In what is now Alberta, Cree warriors murder nine men in what would become known as the Frog Lake...
  • On This Date: March 2014

    March 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    MARCH 1, 1945 Despite serious leg wounds, Major Frederick Tilston braves heavy enemy fire in the Hochwald Forest, Germany, to deliver ammunition and organize defence of a captured headquarters. He is awarded the Victoria...
  • On This Date: February 2014

    February 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    FEBRUARY 1, 1911 Royal Canadian Naval Service recruitment posters go up in post offices across Canada. FEBRUARY 2, 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad. FEBRUARY 3, 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s...
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