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On This Date: October 2015

September 30, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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  1 OCTOBER 1944 Battle of the Scheldt begins; the First Canadian Army has a hard slog to open the port of Antwerp. 2 OCTOBER 2001 The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign is boosted by NATO’s affirmation that an attack on one member is an attack on all. 3 OCTOBER 1914 The first contingent of 30,000 in…


Bittersweet celebration

September 8, 2015 by Sharon Adams
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  Liberation Day in the Netherlands was as poignant as ever this year, despite the dwindling ranks of Canadian liberators     The celebration is joyful and slightly chaotic as the antique vehicles are slowed, then stopped, by the crowd attending the National Liberation Parade in Apeldoorn on May 9, at the end of a week…

Travelling About TA 2

  1. Converge on the Dunvegan Crossroads for the Battle of Glengarry The Battle of Glengarry returns for its 6th annual re-creation of this pivotal battle in the War of 1812. Re-enactors from Canada and the United States will use muskets, cannons and campfires to tell the story of what happened here more than 200…


Votes for vets

September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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Editorial September/October 2015   Since part one of “Cracks in the system” appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Legion Magazine, several readers have written to demonstrate their support for veterans and concern about how they are treated by our government. “I lost my family to PTSD and chronic pain,” Gord Hockridge (alias Sapperboy) of Chilliwack, B.C.,…


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Find-Share-Discuss: September/October 2015

October 2, 2015 by Legion Magazine
James E. Russell of Scarborough, Ont., sent us this photo of his maternal grandfather, Clifford Kemsley, on his return from the First World War to his family home in Toronto’s west end, possibly in...

Army: Modest and meaningless gains

September 29, 2015 by Terry Copp
In the fight for Festubert, combat for the “Canadian Orchard” cost 2,468 casualties. The Canadians emerged from the battle for Ypres, Belgium, in 1915 with horrendous casualties: more than 6,000 men, including 1,410 who became prisoners of war. This casualty rate, 37 per cent of the troops engaged, would never be exceeded, not even...

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September 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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Navy: Distracting the pack

September 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
By the late summer of 1942, the Canadian navy was stretched thin. But the corvettes were still able to disrupt several U-boat attacks. Running the North Atlantic war was all about risk management, and things were better in the early fall of 1942. The rampage along the United States coast and in the Caribbean was...

Air Force: The fighter pilot who hated killing

September 23, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
Stearne Tighe Edwards was a faithful friend to his fellow pilots and a respectful adversary to his enemy combatants The air war of 1914-1918 is widely seen as one of fighter pilots duelling in pristine skies high above the industrial-scale slaughter below. It is a romantic myth of knights of the air and high-scoring...

Eye on defence: September/October 2015

September 7, 2015 by David J. Bercuson
Defence policy and the election   The country will elect a new federal government on Oct.19. As of this writing, the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP are within five or so points of each other in a number of polls. It’s worth considering what may change and what may not depending on who is Canada’s...

Remembering the sacrifices, celebrating the peace

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
posters3 For the second year in a row, two children of the Brink family, recently relocated to Grimsby, Ont., from Brampton, are among winners of the Legion’s annual poster and literary contests. Ten-year-old Joseph Brink and his brother William, seven, placed first in the junior and primary black and white poster competitions respectively. In 2014,...

Injured veterans may develop sleep disorders

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
Ah, “sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care”—a commodity that can be as elusive for injured and disabled Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans today as when Shakespeare penned the line 400 years ago to describe the insomnia of Macbeth, the soldier who killed his own king. Insomnia and fatigue are common...

Pips off the port beam

September 1, 2015 by Ronald Simpson
Navy Memoir Thomas Simpson was instrumental in the sinking of U-1302, a battle he remembers with regret to this day       My only living grandparent is Thomas Joseph Simpson, and he is my inspiration. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the Battle of the Atlantic, and his story, like that of...

49th Alberta-Northwest Territories convention

September 1, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
AB 2 Delegates stick with established structure Change wasn’t in the works when delegates met in Lethbridge for the 49th Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention June 12-14, as several attempts to restructure the executive were defeated. The votes, by 257 delegates, put an end to an ambitious restructuring of command which was presented at the 2013 convention and then...

Cracks in the system, part two: Broken faith

September 1, 2015 by Adam Day & Sharon Adams
Cracks 1    Canada’s lost veterans and the lawsuit that shook a government   This is a simple, age-old story. Across Canada there are soldiers and veterans who were injured in Afghanistan and who haven’t yet healed. They exist in the no man’s land between war and peace, living with the consequences of a conflict that now...

63rd Prince Edward Island Convention

September 1, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Finances and membership dominate business   Getting the financial books in order was on the minds of most delegates meeting for the 63rd Prince Edward Island Command Convention held May 30-31 in Cornwall, 10 kilometres west of Charlottetown. “During the past five years, $29,000 of command investments have been liquidated,” said Financial Chair Lynda...

Second World War soldier laid to rest

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
His was one Canadian death among dozens on the day 70 years ago, and among 7,600 of the nine-month campaign to liberate the Netherlands near the end of the Second World War. Yet Dutch families who never knew Private Albert Laubenstein came in tribute to his sacrifice when he was finally laid to rest...
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