Battlefield doctor

My great-great-grandfather was a surgeon who treated soldiers at the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 It is a largely forgotten battle, even though it was one of the few ever fought on Canadian soil. By the standards of the time, it wasn’t an enormous fight in terms of lives lost or duration. Coming as...
  • Escape

    February 4, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    It was January, 1945, and bitterly cold. We were prisoners of war struggling along a snow-covered road in Czechoslovakia. Some had been in prison camps since the fall of France, others like myself since the Dieppe raid. Now the Germans had us on the move...
  • Faces of War

    January 27, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in Legion Magazine, March 1984 By Rosemary Hutchinson Exclusive Audio Version: My friend Charlie and I are cruising down the Strand in a Hillman. Now a Hillman, to the uninitiated, is a type of car spewed out to meet the emergency of wartime. It...
  • The Long and the Short and the Tall

    January 20, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in Legion Magazine, June 1972 By Ruth C. Auwarter Exclusive Audio Version:   I grew up in an unsophisticated atmosphere and in an uncomplicated way. Until I was nineteen or so, I grew like the wild rose that sprawled on the stone fences of...
  • A Bloody Miracle

    January 13, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in Legion Magazine, August 1982 By Eswyn Lyster Exclusive Audio Version:   The men of 3 Platoon of the Calgary Highlanders had been away from their unit for several weeks competing with mortar platoons of the Black Watch and Maisonneuve Regt. Battle schools, schemes...
  • My Sergeant Pilot

    December 23, 2013 by Sylvia Saunders
    Exclusive Audio Version As I approach my eighth decade, I think of him as my Sergeant Pilot. I know he neither is nor was any more mine than the moon or stars, yet there is something so profoundly personal in the fact that he wished...
  • Adrift With Death

    December 16, 2013 by John Gleason
      Exclusive Audio Version I jumped over the ship’s starboard rail into the Atlantic shortly after the second torpedo hit. I say the Atlantic, but by then we had probably reached the outer limits of the Bay of Biscay, roughly 300 miles off the French...
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