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This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of March 11 – March 17

03/11/1935 Established by an act of Parliament the previous year, the Bank of Canada officially begins operations and becomes Canada’s central bank. 03/11/1985 The Soviet people have a new leader in Mikhail Gorbachev. 03/12/1857 One of Canada’s worst rail disasters occurs on the outskirts of Hamilton. Nearly 60 people die and 18 more are injured in the passenger train crash at the Desjardins Canal. 03/12/2000 The Royal 22nd Regiment ends operations with United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor. 03/13/1951 Communist forces began a withdrawal across all fronts in the Korea War. 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. 03/14/1933...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of March 4 – March 10

03/4/1885 The first contingent of returning Nile voyageurs arrives in Halifax. Taken into service in 1884 to guide a British expeditionary force up the Nile River, the Canadian boatmen had a vital role assisting in the effort to relieve a besieged British garrison at Khartoum, Sudan. 03/4/1943 While escorting convoy KMS-10 to the Mediterranean during the buildup for the invasion of Sicily, Escort Group C-1, including His Majesty’s Canadian ships St. Croix and Shediac, detects an enemy sub. The result is the sinking of U-87. 03/5/1943 Canadian and British bombers begin a major offensive against Germany. 03/5/1953 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin is reported as being gravely ill. 03/6/2002 Nearly 130 Canadian combat troops are sent to Afghanistan. The soldiers, part of 2nd B...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of February 25 – March 3

02/25/1941 British forces capture Mogadishu in North Africa. 02/25/1942 The Royal Mail Ship Queen Elizabeth is refitted in Esquimalt, B.C., to carry thousands of troops. 02/26/1942 Japanese Canadians are to be evacuated from the West Coast. 02/26/1945 With 6th Infantry Brigade (2nd Division) in the lead, Canadian forces launch Operation Blockbuster and clear the Calcar Ridge in Germany. Progress is slower on 3rd Div.'s front. In the face of strong resistance and a sudden enemy counter-attack at Mooshof, Sergeant Aubrey Cosens of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada takes charge and directs fire from a 1st Hussars tank against German strongpoints. After breaking through the hard core of resistance in Mooshof, Cosens gives the order to consolidate the position. He then sets off ...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of February 18 – February 24

02/18-27/1900 The Battle of Paardeberg Drift is Canada’s first great victory overseas, a defining moment in Canadian history. The Royal Canadian Regiment scores the first real victory in the South African War with its defeat of Boer forces under General Piet Cronje. In a fierce and parching battle, the Canadians persist against effective Boer marksmen and determined troops. In the first day of fighting, RCR casualties are 18 men killed, 63 wounded. The battle continues for 10 days of horrid weather, bitter fighting and inadequate supplies and rations. The RCR holds the line to force the Boers to surrender on Feb. 27, the highly symbolic Majuba Day, the anniversary of the Boer triumph over the British in 1881. Paardeberg becomes the first British success in a war that, to that point, was ...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of February 11 – February 17

02/11/1940 Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir dies. 02/11/1944 A Wellington bomber of 407 Squadron, RCAF, piloted by Flying Officer P.W. Heron, sinks U-283 in the North Atlantic. Heron is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 02/12/1990 A huge fire erupts in a pile of 14 million tires in Hagersville, Ont. The town is evacuated, and the fires burns for 17 days. 02/12/1942 German warships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen slip through the Straits of Dover to Germany. 02/13/1945 First Canadian Corps launches Operation Goldflake by moving to the Italian port of Leghorn for transport by ship to the south of France and by rail to the Netherlands, reuniting them with 2nd Corps and making 1st Canadian Army wholly Canadian again. The reunification was a matter of national...
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These Are The Results For The Week Of February 4 – February 10

02/4/1915 Lieutenant W.F. Sharpe is killed at Shoreham, England, during his first solo flight, becoming the first Canadian military aviator killed in the First World War. 02/4/1917 On the Western Front, German forces begin a calculated and large-scale withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. 02/5/1944 The Canadian escort aircraft carrier His Majesty’s Ship Puncher is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian ship’s company. 02/5/1994 Nearly 70 people are killed and approximately 200 others are wounded when a mortar bomb explodes in a busy market square in Sarajevo. 02/6/1943 His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Louisburg is one of eight Canadian corvettes accompanying a convoy en route to North Africa when she is struck by an aerial torpedo. The corvette sinks and 40 men lose...

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