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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...
  • Vintage warbirds

    March 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    At their most essential, they are wooden or tubular alloy skeletons wrapped in paper-thin fabric or sheet-metal skins—riveted tin cans powered by internal combustion engines, driven by propellers and flown on a wing and a prayer. Belching fire and smoke, coughing and kicking as if in...
  • Chasing U-744

    March 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    It was a fat target for German U-boats: close to five dozen cargo ships laden with explosives, fuel and lumber for the war effort and life-sustaining food—grain, sugar, meat and frozen foods—which left Halifax on Feb. 22, 1944, bound for wartorn Britain. Escorting the convoy...
  • Heroes and Villains: Doherty and Booth

    March 1, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
    Born to Irish immigrants in Wickham, Canada East, on Sept. 26, 1838, Edward P. Doherty moved to New York City in 1860. When the American Civil War erupted the following April, he immediately enlisted in the Union Army as a private. Captured at the First...
  • On this date: March 2019

    March 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1942 Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status. Previously, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 March 1951 DND publishes its first Korean War casualty list. Today, the names of 516 Canadians are inscribed in the Korean War Book of...
  • Canadians start the first trench raids

    February 27, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    In the dead of night on Feb. 28, 1915, 100 men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry sneaked out of their trenches near Ypres, Belgium, crossed no man’s land and destroyed 30 yards of German trenches. It was the first trench raid of the...
  • Fiasco in Siberia

    February 23, 2019 by J.L. Granatstein
    It was all Sir Robert Borden’s doing. The prime minister was in England in July 1918 attending the Prime Ministers’ Committee when the British government asked if Canada might supply troops for a Siberian force that could help prevent a 60,000-strong force of Czech fighters,...
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