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Travelling About: May/June 2015

May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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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
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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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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...

FRANCE: THE FIRST TIME

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...

Mobilizing for War

April 9, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Mobilizing for War By Wilfrid Bovey October, 1953 Before July, 1914, was over, militia regiments all through the country were alerted for the coming trial by battle. The source of power was a human atomic engine whom hundreds of us had met, Colonel Sam Hughes of Lindsay, Ontario, the Minister of Militia. “Sam” was...

In and out of Southeast Asia

April 7, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
HallidayFeature Canada’s air force had a tentative role in defending Australia, Burma and...

Fort York adds visitor centre to site

April 4, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
FortYorkFeature The bicentennial of the War of 1812 has given a lift to Toronto’s Fork York with the addition of new visitor...

What Made Vimy So Memorable?

April 2, 2015 by Legion Magazine
  What Made Vimy So Memorable? By D. E. Macintyre April 1960 Canadians fought and won hard battles in the First World War, fought them without hate but with a cold and relentless endurance that carried them from 1914 to victory at Mons in 1918. They suffered losses that were sore for a young...

On This Date: April 2015

April 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
APRIL 1, 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. Nunavut covers one-fifth of Canada and the Inuit make up 85 per cent of the population. APRIL 2, 1885 Soldiers from Eastern Canada travelling west by train encounter incomplete stretches of track and so must continue on through...

Deadly green fog

March 31, 2015 by Terry Copp
CoppFeature On the third day of the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans unleashed another chlorine gas attack. Canadians were the target this...

Help Us Choose The Cover Of Our May/June Issue

March 27, 2015 by Legion Magazine
  Thank you for your input! Voting is now closed. Click on a cover to view a larger size VERSION 1 VERSION 2 VERSION 3...

Five U-boat kills in five weeks

March 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
MilnerFeature In the summer of 1942, Canada’s escort fleet excelled at protecting supply convoys from German...
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