Invictus Games 2017

The prince with a common touch

October 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

Mike Trauner was a prisoner in his own home until a few inspiring words from Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Harry, set him free. As a master corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Trauner lost both legs and sustained other major wounds in a 2008 double bomb blast in Afghanistan. In May…


Canada’s man in Havana

October 16, 2017 by John W Graham

The story of a young Canadian diplomat spying on the Soviets in Cuba on behalf of the CIA with the blessing of our prime minister is improbable, but no more so than its context. This was the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the world came within a hair’s breadth of a nuclear holocaust. The…


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In the fall of 1917, three years into the First World War, the front was a ruined and shattered battlefield of endless craters and mud that trapped both the living and the dead. The Canadian Corps was thrust into this menacing warscape to help Britain, France and Belgium achieve a long-sought goal to destroy the enemy’s…

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Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

October 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

When it comes to the future of the now-annual event that he created, Prince Harry is an optimist—meaning he doesn’t believe there will be a perpetual need for the Invictus Games as we now know them. Ideally, he suggests, the competition for sick and wounded warriors won’t be around forever, at least not in the…


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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 is split into two divisions—poetry and essay for the...

The lonely fight of the tuberculous veterans

October 8, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Time spent in the trenches of the First World War was miserable. Not only were chances of being killed or wounded high, but Canadian soldiers were in the line for days at a time in the same damp clothes, fighting over muddy grounds. It was a perfect breeding ground for tuberculosis. Many were infected...

Researcher finds much to study in Invictus Games

October 4, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Preliminary findings of a three-part Dalhousie University study into the physical and psychological benefits of sport to wounded veterans and their families have told athletes what most already know: sport is good. Nevertheless, the most important element of Celina Shirazipour’s work may come down the road, when she determines and likely influences the long-term...

New Brunswick racks up victory in eight-ball

October 2, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Eight-ball returned with enthusiasm to Dominion Command member sports programs, after a year’s hiatus, at the 2017 Eight-Ball Championships played at Sturgeon Falls, Ont., Branch, May 26-28. The sport, along with curling, had been suspended in 2016 while Dominion Command evaluated many of its programs prior to the June 2016 dominion convention in St....

Nutrition in the field

October 2, 2017 by Sharon Adams
An army, it has been noted, marches on its stomach. Throughout history, invaders and marauders have relied on scavenging and pillaging to feed troops at the far end of very long supply lines. In 1810, Napoleon said his Grand Armée troops “must feed themselves on war at the expense of the enemy territory.” French...

On this date: October 2017

October 2, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 OCTOBER 1917 Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Bent is awarded the Victoria Cross for leading a successful counterattack to re-gain lost positions at Polygon Wood. 2 OCTOBER 1535 Jacques Cartier arrives at Hochelaga (now Montreal) on his second voyage to North America. 3 OCTOBER 1941 The largest military exercise staged in Great Britain, Exercise Bumper, ends....

New exhibit spans five conflicts

September 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Walk into the new permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum and the first thing you’ll see are two harbingers of change—a section of the Berlin Wall and a case filled with captured AK-47 rifles. Unfortunately, the change these artifacts represent isn’t the one many would have hoped for when the Cold War came...

War on two wheels

September 26, 2017 by Sharon Adams
FIRST WORLD WAR Only a handful of motorcycles went across when the Canadians embarked for Europe, but by war’s end, thousands had been put to good use. Linemen used them to check telegraph wires, officers as transport, infantry for scouting. Their riders delivered medical supplies and evacuated the wounded. A few had sidecars fitted...

The Wounded

September 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Essay and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They have been the forgotten heroes of wars from time immemorial, all but invisible as they swim the seas and scale the mountains that their wounds, physical and psychological, have laid before them. It’s the war dead who get the attention. And rightly so, the wounded will...

Storied Lee-Enfield rifle heads into retirement

September 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
  For 12 years now, Eena Kooneeliusie, a private in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG), has been packing her cherished Lee-Enfield .303 service rifle as she did her part in asserting the country’s sovereignty in the High Arctic. It has served her well. While she has never had to defend herself during patrols...

Dallaire’s nightmare

September 19, 2017 by Don Gillmor
I too was a commander who set out on what I thought was an exciting adventure,” Romeo Dallaire writes in Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD, “only to bear witness to the most terrible horrors on earth.” It is a familiar story, one first heard in modern times in the Boer War, and given full...

Hornets, Super Hornets and Lightnings

September 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
It seemed like an idea right out of left field at the time. Critics have been questioning the wisdom of the proposed purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets ever since the government announced last November that it would explore the option as a stopgap until it makes a final decision on new fighters....

A defence policy and a step backward

September 11, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
It is difficult trying to figure out where the federal Liberal government stands on national defence and national security issues. On June 6, 2017, the government released Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, which is the first true white paper on defence since 1994. (Peter MacKay’s 2008 Canada First Defence Strategy was more of...
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