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On this date: Janaury 2018

1 January 1916 In his New Years’ message, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announces the country’s goal to place 500,000 men in uniform. 2 January 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane to Fort Vermilion, Alta. 3 January 1962 An RCAF helicopter crew rescues 23 men from...
  • 103 days in Hades

    September 1, 2017 by Jonathan F. Vance
    Passchendaele is a lovely name—whether in Flemish or French, it rolls lyrically off the tongue, conjuring images of a sylvan glade, lush with greenery and sprinkled with wildflowers. Or that’s how it should be. Instead, a misfortune of geography turned Passchendaele into a synonym for...
  • Twenty-five men were executed during the First World War. Twenty-two men faced the firing squad for the crime of desertion, two for murder and one for cowardice. Whether these executions should have taken place has been fiercely debated for decades. While our modern sensibilities likely...
  • The club no one hopes to join

    August 22, 2017 by Sharon Adams
      Fighter pilot Captain Brian Bews was rehearsing for an air show in Lethbridge, Alta., on July 24, 2010, when one engine of his CF-18 Hornet died. He ejected only 90 metres from the ground; two seconds later, his jet was a fireball and he...
  • Heroes and Villains | Radley-Walters & Wittmann

    August 8, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Aug. 8, 1944, Sydney Radley-Walters was a newly minted 24-year-old major who had seen his first tank only two years earlier, when the Sherbrooke Fusiliers converted from infantry to armour. “Not one of us knew anything about armour or even what a tank looked...
  • On this date: August 2017

    August 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 AUGUST 1957 The North American Air Defence Command is created to unify control of air defences between Canada and the United States. 2 AUGUST 1610 Thinking he has reached the Pacific Ocean, Henry Hudson enters what would become Hudson Bay. 3 AUGUST 1961 Tommy...
  • Assault on Hill 70

    July 31, 2017 by Serge Durflinger
    The year is 1917 and the place is northern France. The meticulously prepared Canadians sweep up the commanding heights in the face of determined German resistance and win the day. Sound familiar? No, it’s not Vimy Ridge, Canada’s most celebrated battle, but rather the attack on...
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