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.

Military History

On This Date: March 2015

March 1, 2015 by admin
Personnel of the Canadian Women's Army Corp at No. 3 CWAC (Basic) Training Centre. [LAC/PA-145516]

MARCH 1, 1942
The Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status and becomes an integral part of the Canadian Militia. Prior to this, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces.

MARCH 2, 1923
The Halibut Treaty, a Canadian-American agreement concerning fishing rights in the North Pacific Ocean, is the first treaty negotiated and signed by Canada independent of Britain.

Canada Corner

Travelling About: March/April 2015

March 1, 2015 by admin
[CITY OF HAMILTON, TOURISM AND CULTURE DIVISION]

1. Visit Quebec’s Citadel for a special exhibition
The Parallel is a special exhibition of photography that compares the First World War to the mission in Afghanistan.

Health

Veterans Benefits Guide 2015

February 24, 2015 by admin
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Inspired by the original charter How RCMP members fare Filling in the forms Educational assistance for veterans’ families Using skills and education to make the transition A long way to go (Survey Results) Pensions, awards, allowances for 2015 Frequently Used Terms ———————————————————————————————————————————— Inspired by the original charter by Tom MacGregor Shortly before…

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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...
Choose your favourite cover for the May/June Issue of Legion Magazine. (Click to enlarge image) 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...

Wartime letters preserved at high school

March 19, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Mail is undoubtedly one of the biggest boosts for morale to any soldier, sailor, airman or airwoman serving in wartime. There is nothing like a letter from home or even a copy of the old school...

Tragi-Comedies of Error

March 19, 2015 by admin
WWI-TragiComedy Tragi-Comedies of Error By Wilfrid Bovey December 1953 The First Canadian Contingent left Valcartier for Britain; their armada, convoyed by ships of the Royal Navy, finally sailed from Gaspé on October 3rd, 1914. After that we over here knew very little, but rumours flew on wings about the streets. The most extraordinary tale –...
FaceToFaceFeature The story of how Canadian soldiers captured Vimy Ridge in April 1917 has become almost mythological in Canada’s public consciousness. Should this victory hold the place it does in the annals of the Canadian...

Canadian Poets of World War I

March 12, 2015 by admin
WWI-CanadianPoets Canadian Poets of World War I By R.O. Spreckley April 1953 General James Wolfe is reported to have said on the eve of the epoch-making battle which was to be his last, that he would sooner have written Thomas Gray’s “Elegy in a Country Courtyard” than take Quebec. That delightful story may or may...

New Minister needs to win back veterans’ trust

March 12, 2015 by Sharon Adams
With the appointments of Erin O’Toole and Walter Natynczyk, Veterans Affairs Canada now has veterans at both the political and bureaucratic helms. Whether this will help the department ease the tension with Canada’s veterans remains to be seen. Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole (standing, right) and Deputy Minister Walter Natynczyk (left) visit veterans in...

War after war

March 8, 2015 by Adam Day
TorontoBIG The aftermath of a close encounter with the Russian Bear and a consideration of some very dangerous...

Then and There

March 5, 2015 by admin
WWI-ThenAndThere Then and There By Wilfred Bovey September, 1953 Memories are queer things; even philosophers and psychologists are not sure what they are. Yet we all know that in some filing cabinet of the brain lie sound pictures of long past events, ready for us to run off in a mental projector. For those of...

Serving you: March/April 2015

March 5, 2015 by admin
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is responsible for the care and well-being of qualified veterans accommodated in long-term care (LTC) facilities across Canada. In October 2013, The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) was awarded the Outreach and Visitation Initiative contract from VAC. This replaced the Long-Term Care Surveyor Program....

Find-Share-Discuss: March/April 2015

March 4, 2015 by admin
Mark Wilson of Ottawa sends us a photo of his father, Stanley Wilson (second, from left), as a member of the air crew that flew the Halifax bomber Torchy Tess. The crew flew 28 missions starting in January 1945 as part of 415 (Swordfish) Squadron, stationed in East Moor,...

The aging brain—slower, but wiser

March 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
HealthFeature Everybody has lapses in memory —“Where did I leave my keys?”  “What is his name?” “What’s that word I need?” But once you pass the milestone birthdays of 60 and beyond, such questions raise the worry: “Could this be the first sign of dementia?” Istockphoto It is wise to be watchful, as risk rises...
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