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Trench life

The Great War took more than 600,000 Canadians from all parts of the country and put them in uniform. The transition from civilian to soldier was not easy, and everyone had to learn much about military procedures and culture—uniforms, ranks, insignia, rations, weaponry, terminology—and, most important, adjust to the presence of aggression, violence and...
  • 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...
  • War on two wheels

    September 26, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    FIRST WORLD WAR Only a handful of motorcycles went across when the Canadians embarked for Europe, but by war’s end, thousands had been put to good use. Linemen used them to check telegraph wires, officers as transport, infantry for scouting. Their riders delivered medical supplies...
  • Airman on set

    September 7, 2017 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The film Captains of the Clouds often runs on TV movie channels. It is a favourite of those who like aviation movies. Where else can you find Billy Bishop playing himself? In 1940-41, the United States was neutral, but Hollywood was anti-Nazi and pro-British. Britain,...
  • On this date: September 2017

    September 5, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1985 Canada provides aid to the United Nations multinational force supervising security provisions of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. Illustrations by Sharif Tarabay 2 September 1918 Six Canadians earn the Victoria Cross for heroic actions throughout France. 3 September 1939 The Battle of the...
  • Heroes and Villains: Franz Ferdinand & Gavrilo Princip

    September 1, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    Down there, they will throw bombs at us,” Archduke Franz Ferdinand joked as he set out from Vienna, Austria, to the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. As inspector general of Austria-Hungary’s armed forces, Ferdinand ostensibly travelled to observe army manoeuvres but also to showcase his wife publicly...
  • 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...
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