Attack on convoy SC-107

November 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Navy 2

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…

Face to Face F2F

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…

Travelling About 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 stories…


Never Again

November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine

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 from…


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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 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...

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...

Find-Share-Discuss: November/December 2015

November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
James H. Robertson of Victoria sent us photos of his grandfather, George Henry Cecil Robertson, who served in France with the 6th Field Company, 2nd Divisional Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, from 1915 to 1918. This photo was made at Salisbury Plain in central southern England in 1915. This portrait of George Robertson was taken...

Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields”

October 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
In a public ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today, dignitaries and citizens commemorated the tragic deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killed a year ago this week in separate incidents. At Rideau Hall prior to the ceremony, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and...

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...

On This Date: October 2015

September 30, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Web Oct 6   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...
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