Second World War veterans on the frontlines, again

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
Second World War veterans on the frontlines, again

Second World War veterans
on the frontlines, again

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

For the dwindling numbers of Second World War veterans—and the aged generally—the ordeals of quarantine could seem trivial given all that they have seen and experienced. Many have survived pandemics of the past, not to mention The Great Depression, a world war, a Cold War, and untold other trials and tribulations.

With COVID-19 sweeping through nursing homes and retirement residences, the greatest generation has become the most vulnerable generation, finding itself on the front lines again, this time facing a global pandemic that by early May had claimed 250,000 lives worldwide, 3,900 of them in Canada.


Military Milestones
Searching Tora Bora

Searching Tora Bora

Story by Sharon Adams
Photography by Stephen J. Thorne

Just shy of three months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the United States believed it had found the lair of the al-Qaida mastermind, Osama bin Laden, in the Tora Bora cave complex in the Safed Koh mountains in eastern Afghanistan. Reports of smoke coming from a mountaintop after a previous bombing raid had focused U.S. attention on one area of the cave and tunnel network. They bombed it but failed to capture the terrorist.

In May 2002, Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Stogran led an international task force, including 400 Canadians, in Operation Torii, a three-day mission beginning May 4, 2002, to find and destroy the complex, preventing it from being used again by the Taliban and al-Qaida.


Ted Martens: Dutch resistance fighter
75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands
This week in history
This week in history

May 8, 1945

Millions take to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe.


Simply Connect
Legion Magazine

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