Pépère’s war story

Hormidas Odilon (Henry) Goulet enlisted with the 22nd Battalion in Montreal in 1914. When he gave his name, the officer apparently told him, “We’ll call you Henry.” He fought in France and Belgium until he was wounded in 1916. He was discharged in 1917. His journal was recently adapted into this memoir by his...
  • Canada’s gift of liberty

    May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
    As a three-year-old, I had no real comprehension of the horrific circumstances in which I lived. The hand grenade, carelessly discarded by a Nazi soldier, attracted my attention. I was playing outside my home in the Netherlands in 1944 when I saw it lying on...
  • In mid-October 1918, my grandfather, Donald Mainland, was near Maurois, France, with the Fort Garry Horse. A welterweight—150 pounds, five feet six inches, with sandy hair and grey eyes, Donald was older than some of the men in the trenches. His 25th birthday had just...
  • D-DAY +70: Return Of The Liberators

    September 3, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    Poppies grow at the edge of a wheat field behind Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS Exclusive Audio Edition: More than once Bud Hannam is mobbed by children during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. At ceremonies, mothers...
  • Eyes! Eyes! Eyes!

    August 11, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in the June 1930 issue of Legion Magazine. Written by Will R. Bird Exclusive Audio Version: It was when the “Prairie Squirrels” were at Parvillers that Pete Mullins was sent down the line as a shell-shocked case, with every man in his platoon knowing...
  • “Dis is where de blood run down de blade,” the old soldier grinned, pointing to a long groove in his rusted sword. “If you’re going to de war, dey always tell you got to go and charge...you want to kill dem. Aaaaaarrrhhh! Bring it!”...
  • The Wedding Cake

    February 18, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in Legion Magazine, February 1964 By Joy Smith Exclusive Audio Version:    Many young people today probably have never heard the word “rationing,” but back in the “old days” of 1943 it had a very real meaning, particularly to those of us who were...
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