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Fighting for Fort George

At the turn of the 19th century, the British were concerned about a balance of power where British territory met American on the banks of the Niagara River. The British wanted a fort on the west side of the Niagara River, in what today is Niagara-on-the-Lake, to counterbalance Fort Niagara on the east bank...
  • On this date: May 2020

    May 4, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf. 3 May 1942 The Nazis require Dutch Jews aged six and over to wear yellow stars with the word ‘Jood’ (Jew) on their clothing. 4 May 1945...
  • Heroes and Villains: Foulkes & Blaskowitz

    May 1, 2020 by Mark Zuehlke
    Hero: Charles Foulkes On April 28, 1945, I Canadian Corps’ Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes—senior officer in western Netherlands—led negotiations with Generaloberst Johannes Blaskowitz of Germany’s 25th Army for the surrender of the 120,000-strong German garrison. With the Hunger Winter gripping the western regions still occupied by...
  • The government of William Lyon Mackenzie King was entirely justified in legislating the National Resources Mobilization Act (NRMA) on June 21, 1940, as a way to enhance Canada’s war readiness and assist Britain in its time of greatest peril. Imposing limited conscription for the purpose of...
  • Operation Manna comes to the Netherlands

    April 29, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Since 1940, Dutch citizens had lived frugally under the Nazi jackboot, but after D-Day in 1944, conditions got worse. The Germans flooded farmland, removed livestock and seized barges and trucks. Men were taken as forced labour to Germany. It was difficult to raise and transport...
  • Convoy Drivers

    April 24, 2020 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The forced marches of Allied prisoners of war early in 1945 was both puzzling and harrowing. Puzzling because the German motives were unclear. Were they simply trying to evacuate PoWs from an active front as the Russians advanced? Were they hoping to use the PoWs...
  • HMCS Matane meets a U-boat

    April 21, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    It was not a nice day at sea on April 22, 1944, when Escort Group 9, patrolling near Iceland, picked up an echo on their ASDIC sonar equipment. “It was a cracking echo and very soon it became obvious that this really was a U-boat,”...
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