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On this date: July/August 2020

1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an...
  • On this date: June 2017

    June 5, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE 1941 The Newfoundland Escort Force is set up and soon is protecting Atlantic convoys. 2 JUNE 1917 In solo action, Billy Bishop attacks a German aerodrome and is later awarded the Victoria Cross. 3 JUNE 1608 Samuel de Champlain arrives at Tadoussac, Que.,...
  • On this date: May 2017

    May 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 May 1945 Cape Breton Highlanders attack German strongholds in Delfzijl, Netherlands. 2-3 May 1953 The Royal Canadian Regiment is hammered in the Battle of Hill 187 in Korea: 26 killed, 27 wounded, seven taken prisoner. 3 May 1917 Lieut. Robert Combe captures 80 prisoners...
  • On this date: April 2017

    April 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 APRIL 1915 First Canadian Division is ordered to join defence of the Ypres Salient. 2 APRIL 1917 The Royal Flying Corps starts training at Camp Borden, Ont. 3 APRIL 1945 The First Canadian Army captures the German town of Zevenaar.   4 APRIL 1916...
  • On this date: March 2017

    March 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    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...
  • On this date: February 2017

    February 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    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...
  • On this date: January 2017

    January 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1943 No. 6 (RCAF) Bomber Group begins operations. 2 January 1908 Dawn of the domestically produced penny, 95.5 per cent copper. 3-4 January 1943 No. 6 Bomber Group’s first mission is to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. 5 January 1838 U.S. citizens...
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