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Newfoundland Regiment arrives at Suvla Bay

The Newfoundland Regiment got its first taste of trench warfare not in France or Belgium but at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where it joined a British army brigade on Sept. 20, 1915. For months, the British and troops from Australia and New Zealand had fought to take control of the Dardanelles strait...
  • The Flying Fox versus the Desert Fox

    June 14, 2019 by Don Gillmor
    Charley Fox grew up in Guelph, Ont., and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the spring of 1940. He initially worked as a flight instructor and finally saw action in 1943 as a lieutenant with No. 412 Squadron, whose duties included bomber escort and...
  • Sister ships take part in evacuations

    June 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Restigouche fired Canadian warships’ first shots of the Second World War on June 11, 1940, in the final echoes of the six-week Battle of France, during which more than half a million Allied troops and civilians were evacuated from ports...
  • Firefight in Zhari District

    June 5, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    It was the middle of the night on June 4, 2008, when a squad of five Canadians and a company of 55 Afghan army recruits they were mentoring left base to check on some empty Taliban weapon caches in the Zhari District west of Kandahar....
  • Unsung Valour in Normandy

    June 4, 2019 by Terry Copp
    — Illustrations by Greg Stevenson — Years ago, I was lucky to begin writing about Canadian veterans who had served in Normandy while many were still active and willing to talk about their experiences. Before each interview, I reviewed each veteran’s unit war diary and...
  • On this date: June 2019

    June 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE 1956 The RCAF and USAF finalize plans for the Mid-Canada Line, defensive radar sites stretching from Labrador to British Columbia. 2-13 JUNE 1916 Germany captures Mount Sorrel on the Ypres Salient; the Canadian Corps suffers 8,430 casualties, including 130 officers and 3,033 other...
  • 5 Ways D-DAY Changed the World

    May 31, 2019 by J.L. Granatstein
    Three-quarters of a century have passed since American, British and Canadian forces landed on the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944, in the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The attack began the liberation of Western Europe, the defeat of Nazi Germany and the events that...
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