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On this date: March 2017

1 March 1917 4th Division uses poison gas in an attack on Hill 145, Vimy Ridge. 2 March 2011 HMCS Charlottetown heads for Libya to provide humanitarian assistance. 3 March 1915 1st Canadian Division is assigned six kilometres of the front south of Armentières. 4 March 1982 Bertha Wilson is appointed to the Supreme...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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