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This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of April 22 – April 28

04/22/1915 The Germans unleash a new deadly weapon—chlorine gas—at Ypres, Belgium, on the Western Front. 04/22/1944 Two frigates, His Majesty’s Canadian ships Swansea and Matane, destroy U-311 while on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. 04/23/1915 In Belgium, Canadian infantry dig in after attacking Mauser Ridge west of Kitchener’s Wood near St. Julien. 04/23-24/1951 United Nations forces come under attack in the Kapyong Valley in Korea. 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is hit hard, but holds onto Hill 677. The PPCLI later receives the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation. 04/24/1915 Deadly chlorine gas is released by the Germans into no man’s land opposite the 15th and 8th Canadian battalions. Waves of German infantry follow the cloud. A barrage in...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of April 15 – April 21

04/14/1944 His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Swansea of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Escort Group 9 and His Majesty’s Ship Pelican share in the sinking of U-448 in the Atlantic. 04/14-17/1945 The fight to liberate Apeldoorn in the Netherlands begins when 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade—supported by tanks of the 1st Hussars, tries to seize control of the main bridge over the Apeldoorn Canal. Stiff opposition is encountered and new plans to encircle the city are made. On April 16, 2nd Bde. crosses the canal south of the city, outflanking the enemy who withdraw to the west. When Canadian soldiers enter the city, they are greeted by thousands of cheering Dutch citizens. 04/16/1945 While conducting an anti-submarine sweep, the Canadian minesweeper Esquimalt is torpedoed and sunk by U-190 off H...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of April 8 – April 14

04/8/1940 Denmark and Norway are invaded by German forces.. 04/8/1951 In Korea, soldiers from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry attack objectives across the 38th Parallel and are successful. 04/9/1917 At 5:30 a.m. the Canadian Corps launches its attack against Vimy Ridge as part of the larger Arras offensive. The commanding position atop the ridge is to serve as a hinge for further British operations in the coming weeks. This is the first occasion when all four Canadian divisions operate as a complete corps. The Germans are deluged with accurate artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire as the Canadians advance in the midst of driving wind, snow and sleet. On the left flank of the Canadian attack, 4th Division is charged with the capture of Hill 145. Third and 2nd di...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of April 1 – April 7

04/1/1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence. Its first director is Wing Commander W.G. Barker, a Victoria Cross recipient. 04/2/2003 Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance. 04/2-9/1917 The intensive phase begins for the preliminary bombardment for the assault on Vimy Ridge in France. For seven days German positions are subject to more than a million artillery rounds. The bombardment not only smashes German defences, but prevents food, water and supplies from reaching the front. 04/3/1951 In Korea, divisions of the Eight Army cross the 38th Parallel. 04/3/1974 A severe tornado hits Windsor, Ont., killing nine ...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 25 – March 31

03/25/1952 The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is surrounded as the Chinese raid Hill 132. The Canadians provide strong resistance and hang on to the position until the Chinese withdraw. 03/25/1958 The CF-105 Avro Arrow flies for the first time at Malton, Ont. Planned to replace the aging CF-100, the Arrow is the most advanced interceptor of the period. 03/26/1885 Métis insurgents under Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont meet and defeat a column of North West Mounted Police and Prince Albert volunteers near Duck Lake, Sask. 03/26/1945 For American troops, fighting ends on Iwo Jima. 03/27/1916 Third British Division launches an attack against St-Eloi south of Ypres, Belgium, by exploding a series of mines under German lines. 03/27/1933 Japan decides to leav...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 18 – March 24

03/18/1892 Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates a silver cup as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. 03/18/1992 An overwhelming number of white South Africans are supporting a mandate for political reforms to end apartheid. 03/19/1978 The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is created. 03/20/1917 The preparatory artillery bombardment begins for the assault on Vimy Ridge in France. 03/21/1898 The Yukon Field Force is organized to maintain Canadian sovereignty and authority in the Klondike. 03/21/1955 The Canadian government announces that a Distant Early Warning Line will be constructed in northern Canada. The DEW Line, as it became known, would consist of different types of radar facilities used to detect possible Soviet invasion, missile or a...

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