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The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

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 the mid-Atlantic, beyond range of land-based aircraft. But as...
  • Elegance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and highly subjective. One could ask the same question about scotch, wine or cars. And superlatives are dangerously inflexible words: terms like ‘most,’ ‘always’ and ‘forever’ should be avoided (especially in matters of the heart)....
  • Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Cyprus

    March 13, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    The RCAF began delivering troops and supplies for the Canadian contingent of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus on March 13, 1964. No one expected the Canadian mission would end 29 years later, or that Canada would continue to have a presence on the...
  • Vintage warbirds

    March 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    At their most essential, they are wooden or tubular alloy skeletons wrapped in paper-thin fabric or sheet-metal skins—riveted tin cans powered by internal combustion engines, driven by propellers and flown on a wing and a prayer. Belching fire and smoke, coughing and kicking as if in...
  • Chasing U-744

    March 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    It was a fat target for German U-boats: close to five dozen cargo ships laden with explosives, fuel and lumber for the war effort and life-sustaining food—grain, sugar, meat and frozen foods—which left Halifax on Feb. 22, 1944, bound for wartorn Britain. Escorting the convoy...
  • Heroes and Villains: Doherty and Booth

    March 1, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
    Born to Irish immigrants in Wickham, Canada East, on Sept. 26, 1838, Edward P. Doherty moved to New York City in 1860. When the American Civil War erupted the following April, he immediately enlisted in the Union Army as a private. Captured at the First...
  • On this date: March 2019

    March 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1942 Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status. Previously, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 March 1951 DND publishes its first Korean War casualty list. Today, the names of 516 Canadians are inscribed in the Korean War Book of...
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