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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier turns 20

More than 20 years ago, The Royal Canadian Legion set out to honour some 115,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars, Korea, South Africa and Afghanistan. The effort culminated in a ceremony in France, where the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier killed at Vimy Ridge in 1917 were exhumed...
  • War graves commission launches virtual tours of remote sites

    November 20, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Private Donald Alexander Pollock never made it overseas after the 24-year-old farm boy from Kramer, Sask., signed up with the Saskatchewan Regiment, on July 5, 1918. “Canada Only” is written in red ink on his brief service record, which states the five-foot, six-and-a-half-inch, 127-pound soldier...
  • Assault pioneers make a comeback in Canada

    November 14, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    An age-old military tradition has returned to the Canadian Army just a few years after it was abandoned. Assault pioneers—long-known as the bearded, leather-aproned, axe-bearing innovators whose jobs originated with the Roman legions—are making a comeback, albeit with some modern twists. Attached to infantry units,...
  • Military justice system remains intact

    November 13, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
    Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a 5-2 judgment that Canada’s military justice system does not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially with respect to trial by jury. The case arose out of a guilty verdict in the...
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen (1953-2018) will be remembered for many things, his contribution to the personal computer revolution among them, but his role in uncovering historic shipwrecks and resurrecting their stories is especially captivating to many who have followed ocean exploration and naval history...
  • Nazi Germany’s top naval commander mounted an epic defence of his sailors and their ships before an outraged Führer in January 1943, boldly predicting catastrophe if Hitler followed through on threats to scrap his high-seas fleet. Documents seized by Allied forces at the end of...
  • Old landmines, unexploded ordnance and abandoned munitions claimed more than 20,000 casualties in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2018, the vast majority of them civilian, says a new report that serves as a damning indictment of coalition pledges to clean up after of four decades of...
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