Remembrance

Pride & dignity

The Second World War is never far from the heart and mind of 97-year-old veteran Bill Anderson, whose 5th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, landed in Normandy on D-Day +6 and fought its way through Europe and into Germany. Appointed a troop commander after the lieutenant in charge was killed, the native of Saint...
  • 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,...
  • Cumming’s castle

    March 24, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    If you can navigate the aisles of tactical gear, negotiate the crates, cartons and overstocked shelves of surplus military goods, and traverse the cluttered stairs to a hole-in-the-wall office buried in the deepest corner of Crown Surplus, you just may be lucky enough to discover...
  • The liberation of Zeeland

    March 16, 2018 by Adam M. Tindal
    The Battle of the Scheldt was a massive Canadian victory that was largely overshadowed by British and American triumphs of the Second World War. But not everyone has forgotten Canada’s Cinderella Army and the importance of its victory along the Scheldt River in the fall...
  • Youth focus on remembrance

    October 10, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    Each year since the 1960s, Canadian students from coast to coast have been participating in The Royal Canadian Legion’s poster and literary contests. Essays, poems and posters honour Canada’s veterans and those who have fallen, keeping remembrance relevant for the youth of today. The contest...
  • 103 days in Hades

    September 1, 2017 by Jonathan F. Vance
    Passchendaele is a lovely name—whether in Flemish or French, it rolls lyrically off the tongue, conjuring images of a sylvan glade, lush with greenery and sprinkled with wildflowers. Or that’s how it should be. Instead, a misfortune of geography turned Passchendaele into a synonym for...
  • Escape of the Dieppe raiders

    August 1, 2017 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The disastrous Dieppe Raid of Aug. 19, 1942, is most commonly remembered by a grim statistic—the greatest one-day losses sustained by the Canadian Army during the Second World War. There was ample heroism on the beaches. Less well known are the heroics displayed by a small group of...
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