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The Flying Fox versus the Desert Fox

Charley Fox grew up in Guelph, Ont., and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the spring of 1940. He initially worked as a flight instructor and finally saw action in 1943 as a lieutenant with No. 412 Squadron, whose duties included bomber escort and dive-bombing, where they strafed enemy targets. In the course...
  • Maggie delivers peacekeepers to the Suez Canal

    January 11, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    On Jan. 12, 1957, HMCS Magnificent arrived at Port Said, Egypt, delivering Canadian peacekeepers for the UN Emergency Force policing the Suez Crisis. Light aircraft carriers built in Britain during the Second World War, Magnificent and HMCS Warrior were earmarked for Canada in anticipation of...
  • Back in 2002 and into 2003, a tempest swirled in an Ottawa teapot over the combat fatigues Canadian troops were wearing to a war 10,600 kilometres away. Here were our soldiers, God forbid, wearing green in the arid climes of Afghanistan. The uniforms were an...
  • Heroes and Villains: Garbo & Arabel

    January 4, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
    Juan Pujol became the most successful double agent of the Second World War, playing a critical role in D-Day’s success AGENT GARBO The brutality of the Spanish Civil War led poultry farmer and reluctant Spanish soldier Juan Pujol to despise totalitarian regimes. With the success...
  • On this date: January 2019

    January 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of CPR chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths are awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 3-4...
  • 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...
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