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Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

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 JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS...
  • On this date: December 2017

    December 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 1941 Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives final approval to commence hostilities with the United States. 2 December 1943 Members of the First Special Service Force begin climbing Mount la Difensa, Italy, in an attempt to clear German positions. 3 December 1997 The Ottawa...
  • The Cinderella campaign

    November 30, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    In the lead-up to Operation Market Garden—the Allied military operation to encircle Germany’s industrial Ruhr district in September 1944—British Army Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force General Dwight D. Eisenhower took a calculated risk and assigned First Canadian Army to open...
  • On Sept. 29, 1941, Lieutenant-General Andrew McNaughton described the more than 124,000 Canadians in Britain as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Berlin.” It was, however, a dagger increasingly dulled by inaction. Knowing this, McNaughton attained authorization from Ottawa to commit troops to “minor”...
  • On July 10, 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division—about 18,000 men—stormed ashore in Sicily as part of Operation Husky and filed into the island’s mountainous heart. The division had been the first Canadians to deploy to Britain in December 1939. Now they marched to battle....
  • On this date: November 2017

    October 31, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 November 1914 Four recent graduates of the Royal Naval College of Canada are among those lost when Germany’s Asiatic Squadron sinks HMS Good Hope. They are Canada’s first naval casualties of the war. 2 November 1869 With a band of 120 armed men, Louis...
  • On this date: October 2017

    October 2, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 OCTOBER 1917 Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Bent is awarded the Victoria Cross for leading a successful counterattack to re-gain lost positions at Polygon Wood. 2 OCTOBER 1535 Jacques Cartier arrives at Hochelaga (now Montreal) on his second voyage to North America. 3 OCTOBER 1941 The largest...
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