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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...
  • A prime minister of war and peace

    December 27, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The calm and soft-spoken Lester Pearson, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was ironically the prime minster with the longest war experience. Pearson enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in April 1915, as soon as he turned 18, and served as a medical orderly...
  • The first Canadian in the RFC

    December 19, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Malcolm McBean Bell-Irving, 22, of Vancouver, made his way to Britain in August 1914 and joined the Royal Flying Corps in September, reportedly the corps’ first Canadian-born pilot, the first Canadian pilot to make a kill in the war, and the first Canadian pilot to...
  • Radar wars

    December 18, 2018 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A daring mission by a Canadian-crewed Wellington bomber raised the stakes in the Allies’ battle for air supremacy They called it the Wizard War, a battle of scientists and technicians—American, British, Canadian—striving to stay ahead of their German counterparts waging the first electronic war in...
  • Britain scores the first WW II sea victory

    December 12, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    On Ontario farmland safely inland from Second World War bombing, a town sprang up to house 9,000 people working at a munitions factory that produced 40 million shells for the Allied war effort. The town was named Ajax, after a ship in a little-remembered sea...
  • Motorcycle messengers

    December 8, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Dispatch riders had doubly dangerous duties during the Second World War   One shell fell behind him, and when a second exploded just ahead, dispatch rider Gordon Edward Allen knew German gunners were homing in on him. “They can hear that stupid bike of yours,”...
  • The Battle of Ortona begins

    December 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Seventy-five years ago, under cover of darkness on the night of Dec. 5-6, 1943, Canadian troops in Italy began a nearly month-long campaign that would end with the capture of Ortona. In July 1943, the Allies invaded Sicily, opening a new front. After the capture...