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Editorial Newsletter _ AUG14

An item from Caveat Publications, the published of the Legion Magazine, a few days ago.


Front Lines
Anguish—even as corruption, violence, political instability are left behind

Betty Metcalfe: “I lost my brother to a Nazi executioner”

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The last words Betty Metcalfe’s brother Jack ever spoke to her still haunt her almost 80 years later.

It was 1940 and the Metcalfe family of Glace Bay, N.S.—mother, father, their two girls and two boys—had just spent their last Christmas together.

Betty and her younger sister Yvonne would join the Women’s Army Corps. The youngest, William (Bill) would enlist with the Cape Breton Highlanders.

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Military Milestones
The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

Canadians take Hill 70

Story by Sharon Adams

The Battle of Hill 70 was a 10-day Canadian Corps victory in the First World War that came at a terrible cost to both sides.

It began on Aug. 15, 1917, and by the end of the first day alone, 1,056 Canadians had been killed, 2,432 wounded and 39 taken prisoner. Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie had taken command of Canadian Corps in June, after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was ordered to take Lens, a French coal mining town that had been a German stronghold since 1914. But he believed capturing and fortifying Hill 70 was a necessary first step.

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This week in history
This week in history

August 13, 1941

The Canadian Women’s Army Corps is established.

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Escape from a burning Chinook

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Military Milestones
Escape from a burning Chinook

Escape from a burning Chinook

Story by Sharon Adams

On Aug. 5, 2010, a Canadian Chinook and two Griffon helicopters were flying typical supply missions ferrying troops and equipment between Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases in the volatile Panjwaii district in Afghanistan.

Airborne mission commander Captain William Todd Fielding was doing pre-landing checks as they headed into the forward operating base at Ma’sum Ghar, situated near Taliban strongholds. There were 13 soldiers, six crew and two U.S. civilians aboard the Chinook, known as Blowtorch 61.

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Front Lines
A letter of marque from the king

A letter of marque from the king

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

It may have been the best investment Enos Collins, Benjamin Knaut and John and James Barss ever made.

The merchants of Liverpool, N.S., purchased Severn, a former American slave ship captured by the Royal Navy, in 1811 for a mere 420 British pounds (about C$53,000 today). Lucky for them, war broke out with the United States a few months later, and the boys were in business, big-time.

They renamed the Baltimore Clipper-style schooner Liverpool Packet, initially running mail between Liverpool and Halifax.

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August – Must Read Pick of the Month
This week in history
This week in history

August 6, 1945

The atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

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Anguish—even as corruption, violence, political instability are left behind

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Front Lines
Anguish—even as corruption, violence, political instability are left behind

Anguish—even as corruption, violence,
political instability are left behind

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The Central American country of Honduras is gripped by corruption, violence and political instability. With 91.4 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in the world and extreme levels of sexual abuse. It is no place for children.

No wonder, then, that people want out. And where better, one would think, than to the United States of America, land of immigrants and home of dreams for countless refugees and displaced persons the world over?

The picture—taken on assignment for Getty Images—won top prize in the 2019 World Press Photo competition, the pinnacle of photojournalism. More than 150 images from the competition are on exhibition at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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Military Milestones
The Mac-Paps serve in Spain

First CF-18 enters the fleet

Story by Sharon Adams

The first Hornets arrived at CFB Cold Lake in Alberta in October 1982, and were soon flying interception duties, their 3,700-kilometre range and sophisticated radar system particularly suited for sovereignty patrols in the Arctic.

The versatile aircraft has been used by the RCAF as a fighter-bomber, for tactical support, aerobatic demonstration and aerospace testing. From 2001 to 2010, avionics, radio, radar and weaponry and targeting systems were upgraded.

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This week in history
This week in history

August 4, 1914

Britain declares war on Germany, and so Canada is automatically at war.

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