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Was D-Day perfectly timed?

  On the eve of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, prepared two statements about Operation Overlord, the assault on Fortress Europe. Despite the horrendous weather, Eisenhower gave the go-ahead, delaying the landings for one day. We know the eventual result, but it is worth...
  • Holding back the Chinese

    April 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    For two days in the spring of 1951, the 700 men of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry helped stop the advance of 5,000 Chinese forces during the Battle of Kapyong in Korea. The battle was a turning point in the...
  • The sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

    April 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS Esquimalt, the last Canadian warship lost to enemy action in the Second World War, went down within sight of Halifax. Although 43 of the 71 crew survived the sinking, 16 died after spending six hours in the frigid waters. That spring, the days of...
  • Attacked from above

    April 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    April 10, 1917, a furious air battle was taking place as troops assaulted the eastern slope of Hill 145 near La Folie wood during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Despite a plague of German fighters, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) kept observation planes aloft, taking...
  • Q: What made you want to study military history in the first place? A: It wasn’t my first choice. At Royal Military College of Canada, I wanted to study political science and economics, but found that economics was beyond me. (The story of my life,...
  • HMCS Iroquois, a destroyer, took over on April 2, 2003, as the flagship of the multinational anti-terrorism fleet in the Persian Gulf on Operation Apollo, which was established following the terrorist attacks in the United States in September 2001. Canada was among the first to...
  • On this date: April 2019

    April 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 April 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. It covers one-fifth of Canada and Inuit make up 85 per cent of its population. 2 April 2003 HMCS Iroquois and HMCS Fredericton arrive in the Persian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part...
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