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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: 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”...
  • Canada’s first foreign war

    May 15, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    On Feb. 11, 1900, the 1,039-strong Canadian contingent recently deployed to South Africa joined a powerful British column at Graspan, on the Cape Colony’s eastern boundary with the Boer Orange Free State. The following day, under a blazing sun with temperatures peaking at 46°C, the...
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