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 Legion Magazine
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 Legion Magazine

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.


Veterans Benefits Guide 2015

February 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine

Do YOU qualify for disability coverage or a pension? Tips on eligibility, applying, coverage and MUCH MORE! PLUS benefits for RCMP, veterans survey results, vocational training and jargon-buster.


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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...

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 Legion Magazine
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...
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