Knights of the air

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Military Milestones
Fighting for Fort George

Fighting for Fort George

Story by Sharon Adams

At the turn of the 19th century, the British were concerned about a balance of power where British territory met American on the banks of the Niagara River.

The British wanted a fort on the west side of the Niagara River, in what today is Niagara-on-the-Lake, to counterbalance Fort Niagara on the east bank and safeguard shipping on the river to Upper Canada.

Fort George was completed in 1802; its strategic importance recognized as war clouds gathered. It became headquarters for the British army during the War of 1812.


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Knights of the air

Knights of the air

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

There are few rivals in war who have shared the mutual regard and respect, even camaraderie, as did those who flew fighter planes during the two world wars.

Theirs was a singular experience, the scale and intimacy of which were unique in the annals of conflict, even aviation, before or since.

The chivalric tradition among flyers began during the First World War. Known as Knights of the Air, they blazed trails in the skies in canvas-and-wood airplanes with rudimentary instrumentation, sans parachutes. They fought mano a mano, skill to skill, sometimes just metres apart.


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This week in history
This week in history

May 27, 1941

The German warship Bismarck is sunk.


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