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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...
  •   Throughout the history of modern warfare and international peacekeeping, the primary focus for military leaders has been the operational mission. The task—in very simple terms—is to get in, get the job done and then move on to the next objective with as little baggage...
  • Legion Funds Safe Haven For Troubled Peacekeepers

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick Dr. Marvin Westwood (second from right) and program coordinator Holly McLean pose outside UBC offices where a course is offered to returning Canadian peacekeepers. Standing with them is group leader Tim Black (left) and peacekeeping veteran Jarret Chow. Canadian soldiers who returned...
  • Canada’s Navy On The West Coast

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick The replenishment ship Protecteur is an important part of the fleet. It’s big and impressive, a steel and concrete structure six storeys high atop a rocky outcropping known as Signal Hill. Called the Wardroom and located adjacent to the main gate of Canadian...
  • by Bill Fairbairn The need to improve the quality of life for Canadian Forces personnel has been a recurring theme throughout this four-part series. In Part 4, the head of Canada’s navy explains why he thinks it is so important to address this concern. Vice-Admiral...
  • by Ray Dick In Part 1 of this series on the Canadian Forces Today we explained how the Department of National Defence is addressing the challenge of maintaining a combat-ready force while cutting costs. In Part 2, we took a look at the army and...
  • by Tom MacGregor In Part 1 of this series we explained how the Department of National Defence is attempting to cut costs while maintaining a combat-ready force. In Part 2, we take a look at the challenges facing the army, the largest of the military’s...