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Four soldiers, four battles

In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive The Hundred Days campaign was a series of battles unleashed by the Allied forces from Aug. 8, 1918, to the end of the war on the Western Front in France and Belgium on Nov....
  • The Riddle Of The D-Day Footage

    April 26, 2010 by Marc Milner
    The beginning of the end of Nazi-occupied Europe began well before the May 1945 liberation of the Netherlands, when Allied forces stormed the shores of Normandy in June 1944. Thousands of lives were lost and thousands more shattered during the long and difficult battles that...
  • The Problems With Vampires: Air Force, Part 38

    April 24, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In April 1945 there was a new kid on the block. The De Havilland Vampire jet, which had been test-flown as a prototype on Sept. 20, 1943, was in mass production, and soon the Royal Canadian Air Force would acquire one for winter trials at...
  • The Three Princes: Navy, Part 38

    April 17, 2010 by Marc Milner
    The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, turned a European conflict into a global war. Once again the British Columbia coastline was largely undefended, and the province’s citizens clamoured for action. In early 1942, Japanese citizens were stripped of their possessions and...
  • A Canadian vehicle crosses Italy’s Montone River, late 1944. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES The battle for Italy’s Savio River, Oct. 20-23, 1944, marked the turning point in the difficult relationship between Lieutenant-General E.L.M. Burns and his senior officers. Despite the success the Canadian Corps enjoyed...
  • Karen Bailey

    March 8, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    Karen Bailey is passionate about drawing attention to the uncelebrated workers in countless jobs across this land. When she was chosen in 2007 as part of the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP) she carried her vision into the hospital at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan....
  • The Roar Of The Meteor: Air Force, Part 37

    February 21, 2010 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Gloster Meteor Mk VIIIs at Kabrit, Egypt, in 1952. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES Although the first flights of German and British jet engine test beds occurred 21 months apart, the two nations introduced jet fighters into service at almost the same time—July 1944. But both...

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