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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...
  • On this date: April 2017

    April 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 APRIL 1915 First Canadian Division is ordered to join defence of the Ypres Salient. 2 APRIL 1917 The Royal Flying Corps starts training at Camp Borden, Ont. 3 APRIL 1945 The First Canadian Army captures the German town of Zevenaar.   4 APRIL 1916...
  • Heroes and Villains

    March 1, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    48-year-old teacher and translator, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was returning home by bus to Helston, Cornwall, after visiting her two children in London when she saw a blood-drenched man lying on the street. Thinking the man had been struck by a vehicle, and having taken first-aid training...
  • Should Canada send ground troops into Syria?

    March 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    On its Global Affairs website, the Government of Canada describes the conflict in Syria as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.” It quotes UN figures: 13.5 million people inside Syria in urgent need of help; more than a quarter-million dead, hundreds of thousands...
  • On this date: March 2017

    March 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1917 4th Division uses poison gas in an attack on Hill 145, Vimy Ridge. 2 March 2011 HMCS Charlottetown heads for Libya to provide humanitarian assistance. 3 March 1915 1st Canadian Division is assigned six kilometres of the front south of Armentières. 4...
  • Night terrors

    February 27, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    In moonless nights, silent as clouds, Zeppelins floated over Britain, the original stealth bombers, raining destruction on military targets and unsuspecting civilians. They flew so high it took planes of the day an hour to climb to their height, and when they got there, their...
  • On this date: February 2017

    February 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 FEBRUARY 1945 PoW Sgt. Jean Louis Warren escapes from a boxcar headed for Germany and evades capture to war’s end. 2 FEBRUARY 1944 Christmas parcels finally reach 1st Canadian Corps troops fighting near Ortona, Italy. 3 FEBRUARY 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force...
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