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Was D-Day perfectly timed?

  On the eve of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, prepared two statements about Operation Overlord, the assault on Fortress Europe. Despite the horrendous weather, Eisenhower gave the go-ahead, delaying the landings for one day. We know the eventual result, but it is worth...
  • Attacks in the Saint Lawrence

    May 15, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Second World War came home to Canada with a U-boat attack in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in the spring of 1942, bringing the naval conflict to Canada’s inland waters. Between 1942 and 1944, 23 ships were sunk by German submarines and hundreds of...
  • Firefight in Kandahar

    May 8, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    For weeks in April 2011, Kandahar in Afghanistan had endured an increasing number of Taliban attacks. On May 7, the city of a million descended into chaos. Somewhere between 60 and 100 insurgents and 20 suicide bombers attacked multiple targets, including the governor’s compound, Afghan...
  • Canadians take Fresnoy

    May 1, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    After taking Vimy Ridge in early April 1917, Canadian Corps’ success in France continued with an attack on the Arleux Loop on April 28-29 that drove the Germans to Fresnoy-en-Gohelle. General Sir Douglas Haig then had two objectives: to secure a more defensible position and...
  • On this date: May 2019

    May 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 MAY 1888 The Earl of Derby, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, is appointed Governor General of Canada. The silver rose bowl he originally donated to the top-ranking amateur hockey club becomes an iconic trophy. 2 MAY 1945 The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps begins transporting...
  • Class of 1918

    April 28, 2019 by Sarah Cook and Tim Cook
    Canada’s Great War is often viewed through the lens of the costly and traumatic experience of trench warfare. Soldiers were mired in the mud, shelled, bombed and gassed daily as they scrambled to don gas masks and take cover. With little chance of striking back at...
  • Life on the line

    April 27, 2019 by J.L. Granatstein
    The Second World War put 750,000 Canadians into khaki uniforms. Men from all parts of the country suddenly found themselves living in barracks and learning how to be soldiers. The transition was not easy and everyone had to learn to march, shoot and fight. The...
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