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Mining the magazine

Want to bring the War of 1812 to life in your classroom? Legion Magazine can help without costing you a penny. The publication is marking the war’s 200th anniversary with articles and a timeline poster on the battlefield heroics of the men and women who were barely older than the students reading about them today.

Noted historians and journalists provide a wealth of free online material covering military and Canadian history. Look for a special series on the war that secured Canada’s independence two centuries ago at

subscribing to history

The magazine’s app is available at $1.99 for your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad and delivers one complete issue of the user’s choice. Further issues (archived and upcoming) and full subscriptions can be purchased within the app. To subscribe to the bimonthly print version for $7 plus tax, visit > Magazine. A French insert is available upon request.

Getting graphic in a good way

Hang a detailed depiction of the Canadian troops landing on D-Day, including a Timeline and By the Numbers listing of pertinent facts — perfect for a pop quiz. How many landmines did the Germans place along the eight-kilometre Juno Beach — secured by 14,500 Canadians — on D-Day? Answer: 14,000.

Heroic deeds

Get two large colourful posters that tell how nearly 100 Canadians won the Victoria Cross, Canada’s and the British Commonwealth’s highest honour for bravery in war. Many died protecting their country. Have your students research interesting facts about these courageous men.

Military pen pals

Order bilingual postcards — three to a sheet — with cartoon characters on the front addressed to, “Any Canadian Forces Member.” Students can write a message that will be delivered to — and cheer up — our remaining troops in Afghanistan, or other forces’ members and peacekeepers stationed around the world.

Hot off the presses

Make war history interactive with the Royal Canadian Legion’s electronic Teachers’ Guide. Students can click on military songs and videos and watch a New Brunswick regiment coming ashore at Bernières-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944, the only surviving footage of the D-Day assault. Throughout, the guide uses dramatic photos and illustrations to trace Canada’s military lore from early days to Afghanistan.

For a more meaningful Remembrance Day, consider this: “Plan a field trip to study the names on a local cenotaph and then conduct research to learn about the people behind those names.”

Download the free guide at > Poppy and Remembrance > Teachers’ Guide or email to receive it on disk.

To order these products, email or call 613-591-0116. You can also access the electronic versions of the D-Day and Victoria Cross posters in the Teachers’ Guide.