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Firestorm at Dresden remains controversial

Operation Thunderclap was well named, both for its terrifying effect on the German city of Dresden during the Second World War and for reverberations heard through decades since. In raids on Feb. 14-15, 1945, about 1,200 Allied planes bombed the city of Dresden. In the first attack, about 1,350 tonnes of high-explosive bombs blew...
  • Dropping ‘Fish’: Air Force, Part 44

    April 15, 2011 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The Royal Canadian Air Force’s overseas experience with torpedo bombers differed greatly from the sporadic and often ineffective operations on the home front. Although the RCAF carried only one torpedo bomber squadron in its overseas Order of Battle, many Canadians flew with British squadrons in...
  • Busy Little Port: Navy, Part 44

    April 8, 2011 by Marc Milner
    Naval historians have naturally concentrated on the great naval base of Halifax, and on the secondary naval bases developed at Sydney, N.S., and St John’s, Nfld. And much has been written on the role of minor ports and bases, such as Gaspé, Que., in the...
  • On This Date – April 2011

    April 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    April 1, 1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence. April 2, 2003: Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance. April 3, 1974: A...
  • Lessons Of Carpiquet: Army, Part 93

    March 28, 2011 by Terry Copp
    The battle for Le Mesnil-Patry, which proved so costly for the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and First Hussars, was part of a larger attempt to expand the Normandy beachhead. The Canadians, with 114 fatal casualties in what the Hussars call their “Charge of the...
  • Scott Waters

    March 18, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Scott Waters has an unusual vantage point for an artist. Over the last two decades he has created a body of work that both supports and tears down the mythology of soldiering. For the three years before that, he lived it. Twenty-three years ago the...
  • On This Date – March 2011

    March 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    MARCH 1, 1917: Fourth Canadian Division launches a poison gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. It ends in disaster as many of the Canadians are overcome by gas when the wind changes direction and when German artillery fire ruptures some of the gas...