Unsung Valour in Normandy

— Illustrations by Greg Stevenson — Years ago, I was lucky to begin writing about Canadian veterans who had served in Normandy while many were still active and willing to talk about their experiences. Before each interview, I reviewed each veteran’s unit war diary and other documents so I could ask detailed questions. Most...
  • Armistice Centenary: Last to fall (Pt.3 of 4)

    November 8, 2018 by John Boileau
    5:12 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918  After three days of negotiations, Allied and German representatives meet in a railway carriage parked in a forest clearing northeast of Paris and sign an agreement to end four years of fighting. Germany wants the ceasefire to come into effect...
  • Armistice Centenary: The symmetry of Mons (Pt.2 of 4)

    November 6, 2018 by J.L. Granatstein
    On Aug. 4, 1914, the German Army launched its Schlieffen Plan against France. The plan sent the German Second and Third Armies on a huge wheeling movement through Belgium, and they moved quickly westward toward the French border. On Aug. 23, they came into contact...
  • First World War Casualty Rates (Infographic)

    November 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Lest We Forget. Legion Magazine has designed an infographic to help show the estimated casualty rate per country in the First World War. Infographic designed by Julia Paddick.  Have you seen the latest issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story, available in our online...
  • Armistice Centenary: How we ended it (Pt.1 of 4)

    November 3, 2018 by J.L. Granatstein
    What a relief to parents of the boys serving!” wrote Lieutenant Walter Thomas Robus of Norwood, Ont., a few days after the First World War ended with Germany’s surrender on Nov. 11, 1918. “And what a relief to know the slaughter and suffering are over.”...
  • Witness to slaughter

    September 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For Dan Drew and the other Canadians who fought in Croatia over those few days in September 1993, the salient dividing Serb and Croation forces became “Canada’s Vietnam”—an obscure battle that for years went unrecognized, its soldiers unthanked, its scars unhealed. Four Canadians were wounded...
  • Behind barbed wire

    April 8, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    A small cheese sent from home played a big role in the survival of two starving Canadians in a First World War prisoner-of-war camp deep in Germany. “It was one of the cream cheeses…so popular in Canada,” Lance-Corporal Edward Edwards wrote in his 1918 memoir,...
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