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Taking back Hill 355 – October 17, 1952

Hill 355, about 40 kilometres south of Seoul, South Korea, was so named by the United Nations military coalition during the Korean War because it was 355 metres above sea level. The troops called it Little Gibraltar because, like the British fortress for which it was named, it commanded the highest ground overlooking supply...
  • On this date: July 2018

    July 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1943 The second of two Canadian convoys departs Scotland en route to the Mediterranean. 2 July 1885 Plains Cree chief Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) surrenders to North West Mounted Police officers, ending the Northwest Rebellion. 3 July 1931 HMC ships Saguenay and Skeena complete...
  • Tank piercer

    June 5, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Just when the infantry needed a better anti-tank gun, the PIAT was unleashed Not all Panzer battles in the Second World War featured tanks duking it out or dodging artillery fire. Many of the big machines were destroyed by infantry. Ernest (Smokey) Smith’s Victoria Cross...
  • Not too old to serve

    June 4, 2018 by Tobbias Cassie
    Veterans of the First World War guarded prisoners in the Second World War “You’re too old.” Those were the words First World War veterans Clarence Wade and William Swim were confronted with when they tried to re-enlist in 1939. The former soldiers were being denied,...
  • Stopping the panzers

    June 1, 2018 by Marc Milner
    Canada’s role following D-Day was vital to the success of Operation Overlord The problem with the well-known story of Canada’s role in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in France in June 1944, is not what it says, but what it leaves out—just about everything that...
  • On this date: June 2018

    June 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 June 1876 The Royal Military College of Canada opens in Kingston, Ont., with a class of 18 cadets. 2 June 1916 Canadian positions are hit by German shellfire at the northern edge of Sanctuary Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. 3 June 1885 In the Battle...
  • On this date: May 2018

    May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    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...
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