On This Date

On this date: December 2015

December 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
HMCS Cayuga off North Korean Coast
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  1 DECEMBER 1941 Wartime wage and price controls begin.   2 DECEMBER 1970 James Cross, kidnapped by the Front de libération du Québec, is located and freed two days later.   3 DECEMBER 1943 Devil’s Brigade member Private Daniel Wade of Stewart, B.C., is killed in action at Monte La Difensa in Italy.  …

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Cadets injured in a grenade accident at a 1974 cadet summer camp at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Que., were treated callously during the investigation and unfairly afterwards, says a scathing report by the military ombudsman. Six cadets were killed when a cadet pulled the pin on a live grenade during a safety course; 62 cadets…


Attack on convoy SC-107

November 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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For a British-bound fleet and its under-equipped escort, early November 1942 brought pure carnage September and October 1942 were frustrating months for Germany’s mid-Atlantic U-boats. German Admiral Karl Dönitz’s staff attributed this to three factors: fair weather that made attacking difficult; a large number of novice U-boat captains commanding their first cruises; and the power…

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Author Andrew Iarocci says YES. It can be difficult to identify the pivotal moment in a military and political career as distinguished as Winston Churchill’s. This was the man, after all, who entered the political arena before the time of the automobile and radio, and was still there in the nuclear age. At times an…


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ARMY: A morass of mud

December 1, 2015 by Terry Copp
Arm4 4 As Canadian commanders planned to assault Mont Sorrel, Germany attacked. Two weeks and almost 9,000 casualties later, Canada recovered the lost ground   On May 25, 1915, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division officially became part of the British Expeditionary Force with headquarters at Shorncliffe Army Camp in Sussex, England. The men had been recruited during the...

French students make pilgrimage to Canada

November 27, 2015 by Sharon Adams
Cornwall RGB During a whirlwind visit to Cornwall, Ont., in mid-August, students from France took advantage of every opportunity to greet and thank Second World War veterans and shower them with Gallic double kisses. “It was a treat to meet the veterans, a duty to honour them,” said Adélaide Caillet, one of about three dozen young people...

Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial

November 23, 2015 by Legion Magazine
6 Legion Magazine’s coverage of Remembrance Day at our National War Memorial. Photography by Metropolis Studio. After the Remembrance Day ceremony, thousands waited to place poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Bronze figures, representing the 11 branches of the Canadian forces engaged in the First World War, on the National War Memorial in Ottawa....

64th Newfoundland and Labrador Convention

November 19, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
NF 4 Vacant veterans’ beds  concern delegates Veterans’ beds are left vacant while government rules prevent other veterans in need of long-term care from using them, delegates to the 64th Newfoundland and Labrador Command Convention were told in St. John’s. “Pavilions are open to First World War, Second World War and Korea War veterans only. Due...

Eye on defence

November 16, 2015 by David J. Bercuson
EOD 1 In the last week of August, Chinese naval vessels appeared off the coast of Alaska at the same time as United States President Barack Obama was visiting and renaming North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, as Mount Denali. The Chinese ships plied a course just skirting the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of the U.S., but...

Two wars in two weeks

November 10, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Pil 9 In July, pilgrims from across Canada visited battlefields, cemeteries and memorials in France, Belgium and the Netherlands “If yesterday was the longest day,” says Ed Pigeau, “today was probably the hardest day.” Pigeau is summarizing days 3 and 4 of The Royal Canadian Legion 2015 Pilgrimage of Remembrance during the daily after-dinner debrief. The longest...

Serving you

November 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Serving You is written by Legion command service officers. To reach a service officer, call toll-free 1-877-534-4666, or consult a command website. For years of archives, visit www.legionmagazine.com Did you know service officers care and can help you, and it will cost you nothing? Yes, that is true, free of charge. The Royal Canadian Legion’s...


November 2, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Who are the leading lights in Canada’s great aviation heritage? The question has been asked often, but there seem to be no easy answers, and no single list will please every aficionado. Legion Magazine’s latest special-interest publication—25 Great Canadian Aviators—represents a valiant effort to compile a list of 25 great and groundbreaking Canadian aviators....

The new chief

November 1, 2015 by Adam Day
The New Chief 3   The Canadian Armed Forces got a new leader in July. General Jonathan Vance takes charge of a military at war                                                                  By Adam Day   On Aug. 24, 2015, Legion Magazine Staff Writer Adam Day went to National Defence headquarters in Ottawa to interview the new Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan...

Messages to the living, messages to the dead

November 1, 2015 by Frances Itani
FI 5 Inspired by McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” a collection of new essays by prominent Canadian authors inspires us to remember   There is a fierceness in the air. In and about a quiet area of Belgium and France. In and about pathways and fields, roads of pavement and roads of dust. In and about farms...
TA 2 Five things to do and see in November/December 2015:   1. See the World War Women exhibit This fall, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is putting on a special exhibit to showcase the efforts of women during the first and second world wars, whether they were working, volunteering or serving in uniform. Their...

Never Again

November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Editorial Every year, year after year, Canadians come together on November 11 to remember the dead and the wars that killed them. And while we honour the bravery and commitment of the fallen with ceremonies, the act is not simply ceremonial. At its core, remembrance requires action. It carries the promise that we will learn...

On This Date: November 2015

November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Nov 1 1 NOVEMBER 1918 Sgt. Hugh Cairns earns the Victoria Cross for capturing machine-gun crews near Valenciennes, France. He is mortally wounded. 2 NOVEMBER 1971 A Canadian Forces Dakota crashes on a rescue mission to the remote Arctic, killing eight. 3 NOVEMBER 1944 Japan begins launching 9,000 incendiary balloons to drift to the Pacific Coast...
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