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Our man in Tehran

In nearly two and a half centuries, the United States has recognized outstanding civilian achievements with the Congressional Gold Medal. It is a rare honour; just over 150 have been awarded to groups or individuals since 1776. Of those, just 31 have been struck for non-American individuals, including one Canadian—diplomat Ken Taylor. By secretly...
  • 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...
  • Schindler & Göth

    January 3, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
    In order to save about 1,200 Jews from certain death, German industrialist Oskar Schindler feigned friendship with Nazi butcher Amon Göth.   Before becoming a wealthy industrialist, Oskar Schindler had served as a German military intelligence agent in his native Sudetenland (currently part of the...
  • Face to Face

    January 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    Sometimes political leaders do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s 1963 non-decision on arming U.S. Bomarc air defence missiles stationed on Canadian soil with nuclear warheads was a case study in how not to govern. It flew in the face...
  • On this date: January 2017

    January 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1943 No. 6 (RCAF) Bomber Group begins operations. 2 January 1908 Dawn of the domestically produced penny, 95.5 per cent copper. 3-4 January 1943 No. 6 Bomber Group’s first mission is to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. 5 January 1838 U.S. citizens...
  • The great beer caper

    December 13, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Seventy-three years ago, veteran Bud Hannam, who would hit the D-Day beaches with the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance, helped snitch a barrel in England. Its contents made a very Merry Christmas for some troops preparing for the invasion. My buddy Jack Staples and I were...
  • Hong Kong craftsmen

    December 6, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    PoWs turned scraps into works of art Few artifacts survive to remind us of the fate of Canadians who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong, the then British colony that surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day, 1941, after a fierce, 17-day battle. The...
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