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On this date: November 2022

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1 November 1918

Sgt. Hugh Cairns earns the Victoria Cross for capturing multiple machine-gun crews near Valenciennes, France. He is mortally wounded in the process.

2 November 1951

One Canadian dies and 13 are wounded in a diversionary raid by the Chinese on Hill 187 in Korea.

4 November 1942

Germany’s Afrika Korps begins its retreat from El Alamein, North Africa.

5 November 1914

Britain and France declare war on the Ottoman Empire.


 6 November 1917

Nine Canadians earn the Victoria Cross in the battle to capture the ruined village of Passchendaele, Belgium (also see “The valour nine” on page TK).

7 November 1956

The first United Nations Emergency Task Force is established to end the Suez Crisis. Canada provides 1,000 personnel.

8 November 1940

The American steamship SS City of Rayville hits a German naval mine and sinks in the Bass Strait off Cape Otway, Australia, the first U.S. vessel lost
during World War II.

9 November 1942

German spy Werner von Janowski is dropped off by U-518 at Chaleur Bay, Que., and is later captured.

Wonderful weightless red corn poppies on summer meadow against sky, selective focus, nature background,DOF

  11 November 1918

The First World War comes to an end; 619,636 Canadian men and women served, 66,655 died and 172,950
were wounded.

13 November 1775

Brig.-Gen. Richard Montgomery’s Patriot army captures Montreal, Que.

14 November 1981

Canadarm performs flawlessly in testing on Space Shuttle Columbia.

15 November 1948

Mackenzie King retires after a total of
21 years as prime minister.

  18 November 1916

The four-month Battle of the Somme ends.

 25 November 1944

HMCS Shawinigan is torpedoed and sunk with all hands in the Cabot Strait.

27 November 2001

Two long-range patrol aircraft are deployed in support of the Naval Task Group in the Persian Gulf.

30 November 1921

The Canadian Air Force ensign is raised for the first time.


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