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These Are The Results For The Week Of April 9 – April 15

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 divisions attack in the centre of the ridge, while 1st Div. advances on the right. The entire ridge is secured on April 12 with the capture of the Pimple, a high-terrain feature near Hill 145. The Canadian C...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of April 2 – April 8

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. 04/3/1974 A severe tornado hits Windsor, Ont., killing nine people and injuring several others. 04/4/1942 While flying a PBY-5 flying boat, Squadron Leader L.J. Birchall and his crew spot and report a Japanese naval force heading toward the island of Ceylon. Birchall’s plane is shot down and...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 26 – April 1

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. 03/27/1916 Third British Division launches an attack against St-Eloi south of Ypres, Belgium, by exploding a series of mines under German lines. 03/28/1961 The Royal Canadian Air Force takes delivery of the first CF-104 Starfighter. Capable of flying at over 1,400 miles per hour, and carrying nuclear bombs, the CF-104 fulfils Canada’s NATO commitment in Europe as a nuclear strike aircraft. 03/29/1945 The Canadian frigate Teme is torpedoed in the English Channel by U-246, and is damaged beyond repair. 03/30/1951 Flight Lieutenant Omer Levesque shoots down a North Korean MiG-15 fighter while attached to the United...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 19 – March 25

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. 03/21/1955 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 air attacks directed across the Arctic. 03/22/1894 Governor General Lord Stanley awards the first Stanley Cup to the Montreal AAA team in their win against the Ottawa Generals. 03/22/1966 The United Nations India-Pakistan Observer Mission is created. It will be commanded by Canadian Major-General B.F. MacDonald. 03/23/1945 During initial bombardment in support ...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 12 – March 18

03/12/2000 The Royal 22nd Regiment ends operations with United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor. 03/13/1964 Operation Snowgoose begins with Royal Canadian Air Force Yukon transport aircraft delivering troops and equipment to the newly created peacekeeping force in Cyprus. 03/14/1978 Israel launches a limited invasion of Lebanon. 03/15/1900 The Royal Canadian Regiment arrives in Bloemfontein after taking part in the British 9th Division drive to seize the Boer capital of the Orange Free State in South Africa. 03/16/1935 Hitler introduces military conscription, hence violating the Treaty of Versailles. 03/16/1943 One of the worst convoy battles in the Battle of the Atlantic begins. The three-day battle ends with the sinking of several Allied merchant ships. 03/17/1945 His Maje...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of February 27 – March 4

02/27/1945 The bloody struggle for the Hochwald gap begins as Canada’s 4th Armoured Division drives into the fray during the Battle of the Rhineland. Senior commanders are anxious to expedite matters by plunging headlong into the gap, against the advice of experienced field officers. In this phase of Operation Blockbuster, heavy casualties result from the decision to abandon methodical planning and preparation. 02/28/1952 Vincent Massey becomes Canada’s first native-born governor general. 03/1/1917 Fourth Canadian Division launches a gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. Aggressive trench raiding had become an increasingly common, if not reckless, activity in the Canadian Corps. During this aborted attack, many Canadian soldiers became victims of their own gas when...

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