First Blood

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Front Lines
First Blood

First Blood

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

Wednesday, March 13, 2002, broke sunny and cool as 500 Canadian soldiers assembled on the tarmac in the yellow morning light at the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Wearing their new green camouflage fatigues on combat operations for the first time, they sat and stood in groups of 30 to 40 soldiers, preparing to board the U.S. Chinook helicopters that would take them on Canada’s first-ever helicopter-borne assault. It would also be Canada’s first wartime assault since the Korean War, nearly 50 years earlier.

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Military Milestones
The sinking of the Königsberg

The sinking of the Königsberg

Story by Sharon Adams

When the First World War broke out, Harold James Arnold was a wireless operator working in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) off the west coast of British Columbia.

In 1915, he earned a Distinguished Service Order for his actions July 6 and 11 as a wireless operator for the Royal Naval Air Service in the remote Rufiji River delta in German East Africa.

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This week in history
This week in history

July 9-10, 1943

The Allied invasion of Sicily begins.

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