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A Commemoration of the Canada-US “Devils Brigade"

  • Junior Common Room, Massey College 4 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON (map)

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Junior Common Room, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2E1

Title: A Commemoration of the Service Rendered During World War II by the Canada-US “Devils Brigade” Recently Awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal

“The United States is forever indebted to the acts of bravery and selflessness of the troops of the Force, who risked their lives for the cause of freedom” (H.R.324)
On February 3, Canadian World War II veterans were given the singular honour of being awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. They fought in the First Special Service Force, a joint U.S.-Canada unit considered to be the precursor of the special operations forces on both sides of the border. Known as the “Devil’s Brigade”, this unit trained in martial arts, parachuting, and even mountain climbing. Many of them were lumberjacks, miners and other seasoned outdoorsmen. The University of Toronto will welcome FSSF veterans accompanied by serving members of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (this regiment is currently serving in Iraq) on March 4. Come and meet the veterans and hear their history.

Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College

Dr. Randall Hansen, Director, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Dr. Jack Cunningham, Program Coordinator, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History
Massey College in the University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs

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