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Elmer Cole: “I don’t think we’ll make it back to the pub tonight”

Trooper Elmer Cole spent nine hours driving a Churchill tank at Dieppe on Aug. 19, 1942, trying to hold off German forces and find a way past the obstacles inland. The stone beach was already littered with dead Canadians and disabled tanks from the King’s Own Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade...
  • Eye On Defence: New Force Structure Required

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by David J. BercusonLegion Magazine is pleased to introduce Eye On Defence, a new regular column focusing on matters related to National Defence and the Canadian Forces today. Historian David J. Bercuson is the director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the...
  • Saskatchewan Branches Use Geography To Honour War Dead

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    Byers Bay, Moloski Lake, Rupert Lake. These bodies of water in Northern Saskatchewan do not bear the names of the explorers that discovered them, but rather the names of three young men from Churchill River, Esterhazy, and Melfort, Saskatchewan, who gave their lives during World...
  • Mountain Range Scaled As Tribute To Heroism

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick Corporal Brian Baldwin was part of a five-member Canadian Forces team that placed commemorative plaques on five mountain peaks named after Canadian soldiers who earned the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery. A five-member Canadian Forces team with the millennium...
  • Gallantry Medals Donated To War Museum

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    The medals of VC winner George Fraser Kerr of Deseronto are donated to the Canadian War Museum by Dr. Arthur Ross and daughters Cory and Czashka. The Canadian War Museum has a new and valuable exhibit to add to its extensive collection of war memorabilia—the...
  • Athletes Of The Century Chosen By The Military

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    The surviving members of the RCAF Flyers, the Ottawa-based hockey team that stretched the odds to win Olympic gold in 1948, stickhandled through strong opposition at a recent Canadian Forces awards night to emerge victorious as Canada’s greatest military athletes of the 20th century. An...
  • Tribute Proposed For Canada’s Military Valiant

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Tom MacGregor Sir Arthur Currie, considered Canada’s most brilliant general during World War I. The Royal Canadian Legion is throwing its support behind a proposal to build statues representing Canada’s proud military past around Ottawa’s Confederation Square, which encompasses the National War Memorial and...