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The death of a poet and fighter pilot

On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there are pilots who want to slip the surly bonds...
  • On this date: August 2019

    July 31, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 August 1950 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police absorbs the Newfoundland Rangers and takes over policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador. 3 August 2000 An American-owned merchant ship being held up over a payment dispute is boarded by sailors of HMCS Athabaskan to compel delivery...
  • First CF-18 enters the fleet

    July 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    A huge red carpet cut in the shape of a maple leaf lay on a runway in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 28, 1982. Test pilot Jack Krings landed, then taxied a CF-18 Hornet onto that carpet, stopping just a few metres from the reviewing...
  • Tew’s sword

    July 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
     Seized as a battlefield trophy, then displayed by an Ottawa regiment for a half-century, a U.S. Civil War weapon is returned As long as there has been war, warriors have taken trophies from vanquished enemies: helmets, caps, badges, guns, knives and—most highly prized—swords. One...
  • Canadians under fire in Cyprus

    July 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Canadians had already been on peacekeeping duty in Cyprus for a decade when things really got hot the summer of 1974. It did not take long after Cyprus gained independence in 1960 for tensions to escalate between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, each favouring uniting with...
  • The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

    July 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Great Depression was a time of wild political idealism around the world. There was wide talk about the need for reform, or even a new social order. In Canada, a third of the labour force was unemployed, many people relied on government relief to...
  • The sinking of the Königsberg

    July 10, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    When the First World War broke out, Harold James Arnold was a wireless operator working in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of British Columbia. In 1915, he earned a Distinguished Service Order for his actions July 6 and...