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Last minute gifts for Father‚Äôs Day ūüéĀ

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Get Dad a gift subscription to Canada’s Ultimate Story!

Our next edition in the award-winning series Canada’s Ultimate Story is The March to Victory: Canada’s Final 100 Days of the Great War.

In¬†The March to Victory: Canada‚Äôs Final 100 Days of the Great War‚ÄĒAug. 8 to Nov. 11, 1918‚ÄĒthe Canadian Corps fought several great battles before Germany surrendered, ending ‚Äúthe war to end war.‚ÄĚ It was arguably the greatest success in our military history. Includes action-packed battle¬†maps! It makes the perfect gift for any history enthusiast!

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Crime, Canadian Style
Who are the most notorious Criminals in Canadian History?

Crime, Canadian Style
Special Issue | Only $14.95

‚ÄĘ Escape Artists
‚ÄĘ Train Robbers
‚ÄĘ Bootleggers
‚ÄĘ Sex Scandals¬†

‚ÄĘ And so much more….

Step into our award-winning series¬†Canada‚Äôs Ultimate Story¬†with the latest addition to our online store ‚ÄstCrime,¬†Canadian Style.

Take a trip to Canada‚Äôs seedy underbelly and meet the perpetrators of some of the country‚Äôs most notorious felonies and misdemeanors. From the earliest assassins and duellists to the latest scammers and bunglers,¬†Crime, Canadian Style¬†scopes out the bad seeds and delivers them to justice‚ÄĒwhile you ride shotgun.

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Happy Father’s Day Package!
Happy Father’s Day Package!

Happy Father’s Day!
Gift Pacakge | Only $59.95

This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of rich Canadian history with the Happy Father’s Day Package. This includes our award-winning WW I Collection and WW II Collection, as well as a personalized Father’s Day note on card stock paper. The Special Issues include:

‚Äʬ†WW I: The War That Shaped A Nation¬†
‚Äʬ†Canada And The Great War: The Battles
‚Äʬ†The Somme

‚Äʬ†WW II: The War That Had To Be Won
‚Äʬ†Liberating Normandy
‚Äʬ†The Fight For Italy

ACT FAST! June 17 is fast approaching! Be sure to order early so it arrives in time.

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Canadian SafeStep

Performance enhancers and the military: The new arms race

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Performance enhancers and the military: The new arms race

Performance enhancers and the military:
The new arms race

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A global arms race is simmering, only this one does not involve robots, nuclear weapons, laser beams or other futuristic gadgets. Rather, these rivals are trying to outdo one another in an age-old quest to extend the limits of the human body.

Militaries around the world, Canada‚Äôs included, are testing supplements, stimulants and other performance-enhancing substances. Some‚ÄĒnot Canada‚ÄĒare even considering using steroids and hormones to create so-called super-soldiers.

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Tank piercer

Tank piercer

Story by Sharon Adams

Not all Panzer battles in the Second World War featured tanks duking it out or dodging artillery fire. Many of the big machines were destroyed by infantry. Ernest (Smokey) Smith’s Victoria Cross action at the Savio River in northern Italy in October 1944 began with him disabling a Panther from nine metres away with a Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) weapon.

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This week in history
This Week in History

June 12-13, 1944

Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski’s aircraft is hit by enemy fire. Flying Officer Pat Brophy is trapped in the rear turret, so Mynarski ignores orders to abandon the aircraft and attempts but is unable to rescue Brophy. With his parachute and clothing in flames, Mynarski bails out. He is found by the French but later dies from the burns. Brophy survives the crash and Mynarski is awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Gifts Dad will love for Father‚Äôs Day

From the Legion Magazine.


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Get dad a gift subscription to Canada‚Äės Ultimate Story!
Happy Father’s Day Package!
Happy Father’s Day Package!

Happy Father’s Day!
Gift Pacakge | Only $59.95

This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of rich Canadian history with the Happy Father’s Day Package. This includes our award-winning WW I Collection and WW II Collection, as well as a personalized Father’s Day note on card stock paper. The Special Issues include:

‚Äʬ†WW I: The War That Shaped A Nation¬†
‚Äʬ†Canada And The Great War: The Battles
‚Äʬ†The Somme

‚Äʬ†WW II: The War That Had To Be Won
‚Äʬ†Liberating Normandy
‚Äʬ†The Fight For Italy

ACT FAST! June 17 is fast approaching! Be sure to order early so it arrives in time.

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Vintage War Posters!
Best Selling 5-Volume Set!
Arbor Memorial

D-Day | Resurrecting the memory of a WW II pilot

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Resurrecting the memory of a WW II pilot

Resurrecting the memory of a WW II pilot

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

For years, it was my favourite photograph in the rather extensive album my father assembled chronicling his time overseas as a medical officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. I recently went back to it, this time conducting a more general search. It was not long before I found him, I believe: Flying Officer William Smith Johnston, a Mosquito pilot from Renfrew, Ont., 90 kilometres west of Ottawa.

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D-Day Collection!
Stopping the panzers

Stopping the panzers

Story by Marc Milner

Canada‚Äôs role following D-Day was vital to the success of Operation Overlord. The problem with the well-known story of Canada‚Äôs role in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in France in June 1944, is not what it says, but what it leaves out‚ÄĒjust about everything that matters.

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Invasion of Normandy Poster!
This week in history
This Week in History

June 6, 1944

Some 14,500 Canadians invade the beach code-named Juno, marking the beginning of the Allied invasion of Normandy in France.

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Two pictures, a thousand stories and millions of lives

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Iwo Jima
Soviet Flag over the Reichstag

Two pictures, a thousand stories
and millions of lives

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. These two pictures spawned a thousand stories and to this day, some 70 years later, they speak in profound reflection to two triumphs and the prices paid.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal and Soviet Flag over the Reichstag by Yevgeny Khaldei are two of the most iconic photographs of the Second World War.

But their genesis and their evolution in the archive of immortal photographs have taken a long and circuitous route through history.

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The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

Story by Don Gillmor

George (Buzz) Beurling was credited with 31¬Ĺ ‚Äúkills‚ÄĚ in the Second World War, more than any other Canadian pilot, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Distinguished Flying Medals. He was a gifted pilot, a superb marksman and fearless in battle. He died young, at 26. These qualities are usually enough to create a mythic figure, but Beurling failed to capture the public imagination the way First World War ace Billy Bishop did, and he wasn‚Äôt beloved by fellow pilots or his superior officers.

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This week in history
This Week in History

May 30, 1814

The British are ambushed and defeated in a skirmish at Sandy Creek, N.Y.

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Hearing Life

Commemorative D-Day products starting at $14.95!

From the Legion Magazine.


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World War II Collection only $34.95!
Liberating Normandy: The Road to Victory

Liberating Normandy
Special Issue | Only $14.95

On¬†June 6, commemorate the 74th Anniversary of Canada‚Äôs assault on Juno Beach with one of¬†Canada‚Äôs Ultimate Story‚Äôs¬†best selling special issues ‚ÄstLiberating Normandy: The Road to Victory.

The Battle of Normandy was the beginning of the end of the Second World War in Northwest Europe. Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen helped turn the tide towards victory when they landed on Juno Beach and won hard-fought battles against a determined enemy in the summer of 1944. The cost was high with more than 5,000 Canadians killed between June and August. In words and pictures,¬†Canada‚Äės Ultimate Story¬†presents a detailed account on Canada‚Äôs historic contribution.

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50% off World War II Commemorative Prints
Invasion of Normandy Poster | 50% off!

Invasion of Normandy
Regular: $44.95
Now 50% off | Only $22.48

D-Day‚ÄĒJune 6, 1944‚ÄĒwas the Allied assault on Hitler‚Äôs Fortress Europe. The largest seaborne attack in history, the invasion of Normandy, France, would propel the Allies to victory over the Axis powers¬†within 11 months.¬†PLUSeach poster features a bonus map and timeline on back!

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D-Day Collection Gift Pack!
Canada and the Second World War | The Battles is on newsstands now!
Revera Living

Who won the war in Europe?

From the Legion Magazine.


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Who won the war in Europe? Historians weigh in

Who won the war in Europe?
Historians weigh in

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

History isn’t always what we might assume it to be, and there appears to be no consensus among nations over the question of which country contributed most to the Allies’ Second World War victory in Europe.The North American public tends to assume that the United States played the greatest role in bringing about VE-Day. But don’t tell that to a Russian.

Front Lines¬†approached¬†Legion Magazine‚Äôs stable of respected war historians with the question:¬†Who played the greatest role in the Second World War‚Äôs Allied victory in Europe‚ÄĒthe United States, the United Kingdom, or the Soviet Union? And why?¬†Here are their answers:

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Canada and the Second World War: The Battles
Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War
Stories by Sharon Adams and Todd E. Caissie

Canadians taken captive in the First and Second World Wars experienced brutality and starvation in prison camps, sometimes suffering years of confinement that compromised their health and sanity.

This new special web feature uncovers the true stories of Canadians who were captured in WW I and WW II through captivating narration and informed research on their experiences. The site also includes a bonus story on the fascinating treatment of PoWs on Canadian soil.

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This week in history
This Week in History

May 24, 1944

Lieutenant-Colonel John Mahony successfully holds his company’s position amid counterattacks at the Melfa River in Italy. For these actions, he receives the Victoria Cross.

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