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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...
  • Those Newfoundlanders who voted for Confederation in the 1948 referendums did so for pragmatic, unsentimental reasons. The country, especially that part of it beyond the Avalon Peninsula, was indigent, isolated, poverty-stricken, dependent on the whims of a fickle fishing industry. Most of these people had never been...
  • On this date: July 2017

    July 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1867 The first four provinces enter Confederation. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 861 German and Italian PoWs from a torpedoed ship bound for Canada. 3 July 1964 Four FLQ terrorists receive eight-year sentences for armed robberies. 4 July 1812 The first...
  • GNATs versus CATs

    June 16, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    For a couple of years into the Second World War, it looked like German U-boats might prevail in the Battle of the Atlantic by starving Britain of food, troops and supplies, and smoothing the way for an invasion of England. But by 1943, the Allies...
  • On this date: June 2017

    June 5, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE 1941 The Newfoundland Escort Force is set up and soon is protecting Atlantic convoys. 2 JUNE 1917 In solo action, Billy Bishop attacks a German aerodrome and is later awarded the Victoria Cross. 3 JUNE 1608 Samuel de Champlain arrives at Tadoussac, Que.,...
  • The Magnificent 11

    June 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    They are among the most iconic images of the Second World War—blurred, grainy and, the best of them, as stirring and in-the-moment as any battlefield photographs ever taken. There are only 11 pictures—and nine surviving negatives—from that early morning of Tuesday, June 6, 1944, on...
  • A quiet victory in the Gulf

    May 17, 2017 by Marc Milner
    When Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, the most immediate threat to the country was an attack on its shipping. That fear was so palpable that when periscopes were soon “sighted” in the St. Lawrence River, no one was surprised. A “submarine diviner”...
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