A war of bread and potatoes

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Military Milestones
A war of bread and potatoes

A war of bread and potatoes

Story by Sharon Adams

When fighting drew near to the small village of Montigny-en-Ostrevent, France, near the end of the First World War, civilians wisely evacuated.

When they returned home, many found their houses and cottages occupied by Canadian liberators—squatters who were nonetheless warmly welcomed.

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Front Lines
CP bulletin, Oct. 16, 1942: U-boat sinks SS Caribou in Cabot Strait

CP bulletin, Oct. 16, 1942: U-boat sinks
SS Caribou in Cabot Strait

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

To many Canadians and Newfoundlanders alike, the sinking of SS Caribou and the death of 137 people were the clearest sign to date that the war had actually arrived on the home front. Many historians cite it as Canada’s most significant sinking in near-shore waters of the Second World War.

Written by Canadian Press staff writer Bob Daldorph in an age when agency news was actually disseminated by telephone cables (or wires—hence, the wire service), the story was sent in bite-sized takes, the first of which is the single-sentence bulletin sent at 10:50 p.m.

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This week in history
This week in history

October 15-17, 1970

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau proclaims the War Measures Act and the Canadian Army is ordered into Montreal, where hundreds are arrested and thousands searched before the body of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte is discovered Oct. 17.

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