Canada Corner

Travelling About: May/June 2015

May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine

1. Visit Calgary and learn about Holland
The Military Museums in Calgary will be hosting a special exhibition of artifacts and photos relating to the liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. There will also be video displays relating oral histories of the conflict from the veterans themselves, plus an exhibit dedicated to Dutch war brides.

Military History

On This Date: May 2015

May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Officers of the Royal 22e Régiment, San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy. [LAC/PA-130590]

MAY 1, 1938
The Canadian Tank School is transferred from Wolseley Barracks in London, Ont., to Camp Borden and renamed the Canadian Armoured Fighting Vehicles School.

Defence Today

The Russian Bear Looks North

May 1, 2015 by Adam Day

It takes only a cursory glance at recent headlines to see that the Russian bear has not only awoken, but is angry, quite possibly rabid.
Not content to merely create chaos in rewriting the map of Eastern Europe, or to panic its neighbours farther afield with constant bomber flights across their flanks, the Russians have also recently turned their sights to the far north.

Defence Today

Redefining ‘combat’

March 1, 2015 by Adam Day
A Canadian CP-140 Aurora aircraft in Operation Impact, the Canadian mission against ISIL in Iraq. [OP IMPACT/DND]

In news from Canada’s shooting war, it turns out that the mission to advise and assist Kurdish forces in northern Iraq had a much more rigorous amount of assisting involved than was initially made clear.


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The poet and the poppy

May 18, 2015 by Dianne Graves
mccraeBig Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3 A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the death of a close friend, and penned a poem that inspired...

Battle of the Atlantic: Help us choose the cover

May 14, 2015 by Legion Magazine
  Please vote for your favourite cover: Click on a cover to view a larger size Version One Version Two Version Three...

A Lucky Presentiment

May 14, 2015 by Legion Magazine
A Lucky Presentiment By G.A. Mitchell (D Company, 78th Battlalion, C.E.F.) January 1954 Undoubtedly there are many who do not believe in presentiment, but a large number of soldiers, especially those of the First World War, were firm believers in it and I for one can vouch for this from actual experience. It was...

Canadian Jihad

May 14, 2015 by Adam Day
  The perplexing war with militant Islam   Out of the chaos of the Syrian and Iraq civil wars, a new group of Sunni Muslim fanatics has risen to eclipse al-Qaida and become a whole new kind of threat to global security. Having conquered a vast territory, these militants have erased the border between...
Celebrating the return of Queen Wilhelmina, Canadian troops and Dutch groups parade past the Royal Palace and Dam Square in Amsterdam on June 28, 1945. B.J. Gloster/DND/LAC/PA-166390 Author Andrew Iarocci says YES. Author J.L. Granatstein says NO. Iarocci is an assistant professor of history at Western University in London, Ont., and is the author of Shoestring Soldiers: The First Canadian Division, 1914-15....

Canada’s gift of liberty

May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
Empty bucket in hand, a hopeful Dutch boy crosses a bridge in Holland during the Hongerwinter (hunger winter) of 1944-45. [LAC/e002283041] Shattered by Germany’s occupation of their homeland, a Dutch family barely survived to rebuild their...

Sweetest of springs

May 8, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
Dutch civilians in Zwolle ride on a Universal Carrier of the Régiment de la Chaudière. [LAC/PA-136176] The Canadian army played a big role in liberating the Netherlands. Canada and Holland have been best friends ever...

Letter From Vimy

May 7, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Letter From Vimy By Gordon MacKinnon April 1992 The envelope of my grandfather’s last letter to my uncle, Private Ronald MacKinnon of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, dated April 5, 1917, is marked “Return to Sender: Deceased: Killed in Action 9.4.17.” He was one of 3,598 Canadians killed in the epic battle that...

Find-Share-Discuss: May/June 2015

May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
A personal look at the Liberation of the Netherlands Ann Meunier of St. Albert, Alta., sends a number of photos that her late father Albert Thomas Collins kept in a small box following his return from the Second World War. Collins was in the 3rd Canadian Army Infantry and participated in the liberation of the Netherlands in...

VE-Day in Pictures

May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
A Montrealer wraps himself in the Union Jack. [LAC/PA-152318] Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...

Uncle’s Song

April 30, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Uncle’s Song By Dr. R. Byrnes Fleuty April 1989 ‘We would sooner f— than fight.’ That’s Uncle’s favourite song these days. He says he doesn’t know why the song came back to him; “guess it’s just one of them things.” I arrive at his door unannounced and ring the doorbell. While I wait, I...


April 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
FRANCE: THE FIRST TIME By Hugh Laughlin April 1989   School principal Hugh Laughlin of Chilliwack, B.C., pulled no punches in letters home from the front lines during the First World War. He enlisted with the 196th (Western Universities) Battalion, formed at Winnipeg. These excerpts were culled from letters written to his brother concerning...

Tait McKenzie: One of the Immortals

April 16, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Tait McKenzie One of the Immortals By: Ernest Rivers Macpherson January 1957 Last June a large gathering of Scots and Canadians of Scottish extraction met at the Old Mill of Kintail near Almonte, Ontario. The meeting, held under the aegis off the Clan Chattan Association, was arranged in order to pay homage to the...
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