Letters to Mom

During the Second World War, 21-year-old Allan Coburn was one of a million young men and women whose sense of duty and hankering for adventure drew them to serve in the Canadian Army. He was “the second son of a farmer, with no passion for farming,” said his son Douglas Coburn of Winnipeg. “So,...
  • A Hot Night In The Zone

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Robert Burns   On July 20, 1974, Turkey’s military invaded Cyprus in response to an ill-fated military coup aimed at bringing about the union of the Mediterranean island with Greece. During the invasion, the Turks sent thousands of troops in by sea and air...
  • The Sweet Escape

    May 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Jennifer Trewartha   During World War I, my grandfather, Private Thomas P. Harris, served as a medic with 6th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps. By Christmas 1917, the young man, who had been born in England and raised in Montreal, had seen action...
  • Policing The Wilds

    March 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Andrew F. Maksymchuk I was raised in British Columbia and spent a year in southern Ontario before joining the Ontario Provincial Police in 1964. My wife, Myra, is from Prince Edward Island and she began her career as a registered nurse in Kenora, Ont.,...
  • Haven Was A Vacant Lot

    March 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Captain Fred Doucette Sarajevo was a dangerous place in 1995, but there were locations within the heavily damaged city where people felt safe. One such spot was a vacant lot next to a house shared by five members of our United Nations Military Observer...
  • Courage To Return

    March 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Tom MacGregor Sai Wan Hill offers a spectacular view. When you get away from the concrete and skyscrapers in the bustling city of Hong Kong, you find areas of lush forest growth, even with winter coming on. In one of four buses carrying a...
  • Desert Links

    January 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by J. Leo Giroux PHOTO: COURTESY OF J.LEO GIROUX When it came to hazards, the Bedouin Golf and Country Club was unique among golf courses. Few people get the chance to see the world the way military personnel do. Following my World War II and...

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