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On this date: May 2018

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 action of the Korean War. 4 May 1951 The...
  • It does not require hindsight to criticize Montgomery’s strategy in September 1944. As Allied supply lines stretched farther and farther from the Normandy beaches, the problem of supplying the advancing troops was rapidly becoming unmanageable. With the French rail system still in chaos from bombing,...
  • Major John Russell & Radovan Karadžić

    March 1, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Dec. 24, 1993, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations Protection Force’s director of political affairs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, summoned his new military aide, Canadian Major John Russell, to his office. “John, we’re going to break the siege,” the diplomat declared. “I want you to...
  • On this date: March 2018

    March 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1945 Major Frederick Tilston leads an attack on the Hochwald Forest in Germany. Seriously wounded in an enemy counterattack, he refuses medical aid and defends his company’s position until his troops are secure. His actions earn him the Victoria Cross. 2 March 1815 Sir George Prévost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America, is relieved of his office and recalled...
  • Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

    February 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER...
  • Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

    February 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the...
  • On this date: February 2018

    February 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 February 1968 The Unification Act comes into effect, unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force into a single organization called the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 February 1915 A German spy bombs the Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railway Bridge at the New...
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