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The winged ship: HMCS Bras d’Or

Legion Magazine sat down with Lt. (N) Jason Delaney, Naval Historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage for the Department of National Defence, to discuss Canada’s hydrofoil project of the 1960s – HMCS Bras d’Or. During sea trials in 1969, the vessel exceeded 63 knots (117 km/h; 72 mph), making her the fastest...
  • On this date: September 2019

    September 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1942 HMCS Morden launches three depth charge attacks against U-756 astern of a convoy. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction. 2-3 September 1918 The Canadian 1st and 4th divisions lead the assault on the Drocourt-Quéant Line at the...
  • The sinking of SS Athenia

    August 30, 2019 by Francis M. Carroll
    Britain declared war on Germany at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, 1939. At just after 7 o’clock that evening, Captain James Cook of the passenger liner SS Athenia joined his first-class guests for dinner. While the ship had actually gotten underway two days earlier—en route from...
  • German warplane recovered to tell its story

    August 28, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Six weeks into the Battle of Britain, on Aug. 26, 1940, a squadron of nine German aircraft headed across the English Channel to wreak havoc on an airfield in Kent, an area known at the time as Hellfire Corner for the ferocious fighting that went...
  • Bells of war

    August 26, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    To look at them, you might wonder why the Germans even bothered: 127 partial and haphazard plaster castings of classical bells stolen from the churches of Europe, made shortly before the instruments were melted down and turned into arms and ammunition. Undocumented, they were gathered up...
  • The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

    August 22, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the opening years of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy quickly recognized how useful naval airpower could be in the battle to keep the convoy lifeline to Britain safe from Nazi submarines, battleships and aircraft. Aircraft carriers could extend convoy protection to...
  • Canadians take Hill 70

    August 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Battle of Hill 70 was a 10-day Canadian Corps victory in the First World War that came at a terrible cost to both sides. It began on Aug. 15, 1917, and by the end of the first day alone, 1,056 Canadians had been killed,...