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World War One Casualty Rates

Author’s note: World War One casualty rates often vary from source to source. Those wounded or taken prison are grouped together under “casualty. ”Those who died of wounds or disease are group together under “killed.” Not all participants are listed. British Empire: 8.9 million mobilized; 908,371 killed; 2.1 million casualties Germany: 11 million mobilized; 1.7 million […]

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The End of World War One is Near: the Hundred Days Offensive

In the summer of 1918, the end of World War One was at hand. Military commanders previously had been planning for the conflict to extend into 1919 and even 1920, but it was becoming increasingly clear to the Allies that victory was in sight. The Central Powers, conversely, were facing humiliating defeat. The period between August […]

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The Capture of Mons: Town Liberated on the Final Day of the War

The capture of Mons, Belgium, took place November 11, 1918.  It was part of the Hundred Days Offensive, Allied attacks forcing the German Army into defeat. The nations involved were Canada and Germany. “The Germans had occupied the town for four years,” Encyclopedia Britannica says. “Mons was a regional centre for coal mining, and its resources had been used throughout […]

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Canal du Nord: Prevent the Germans from Regrouping

The Canal du Nord was fought September 27-October 1, 1918, in the Calais region, France. The attack was part of an Allied offensive to prevent the Germans from regrouping and launching their own attack. “On 27th September, 1918, the day after the start of the Meuse-Argonne offensive began, Allied forces attacked the German frontline at the Canal […]

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The Sinking of the Lusitania

The Lusitania is perhaps the most famous ocean liner to be sunk during World War One. At the start of the war, the liner was less than a decade old. Built by Cunard, the vessel, for a time, was the world’s largest ship. It also won the coveted Blue Riband award for crossing the Atlantic […]

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Battle of Amiens: Black Day of the German Army

The Battle of Amiens was fought August 8-11, 1918, near Picardy, France. It was part of an Allied counteroffensive after several German offensives failed in the spring. The battle also is known as the Third Battle of Picardy. It is the first battle in what would later become known as the Hundred Days Offensive. The […]

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Boer War Veterans Fought in World War One

Many of the soldiers who fought for the British Empire in World War One, including those in Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, were veterans of the Boer War, also known as the South African War or the Anglo-Boer War. What is the Boer War? It was two wars that occurred in South Africa involving the Boers, […]

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A Family Church: St. Andrew’s, Barrie

The Steward family’s church in Angel of Mercy is St. Andrew’s in Barrie, Ontario. Why St. Andrew’s? The church is Presbyterian which kept with the family’s Scottish roots and also because Presbyterian was a very large denomination at the turn of the 20th century. History of St. Andrew’s St. Andrew’s began in 1843. It was […]

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The Inspiration Behind an Angel’s Hometown

The hometown of my main character in Angel of Mercy, Henrietta Steward, is Barrie, Ontario. Many real-life buildings were the inspiration for her family and friends’ homes and workplaces. Without leaving many spoilers, here are a sampling of photos that inspired places in the novel: These houses were the model for the Steward home which […]

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Battle of Oppy Wood: Casualties were Less than 2,000

The Battle of Oppy was fought May 3 and June 28, 1917, in Arras, France. The skirmishes were part of the large Battle of Arras.  Capturing the highlands was of strategic advantage, offering a view of the surround area. The nations involved were Canada, Great Britain and Germany. “Two infantrymen stand to the left of the dug-out entrance, one […]

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Titanic: The Halifax Connection

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic: The largest ship ever built, on its maiden voyage, hits an iceberg and sinks. There weren’t enough lifeboats on board, resulting in more than 1,500 passengers and crew dying.  But how many people know the story of what happened after the Carpathia rescued the survivors? Recovery The CS […]

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Battle of Passchendaele: Controversial in 1917 and Today

The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was fought July 31, 1917-November 10, 1917 in Flanders, Belgium. The goal of the attack was to gain Allied control of the ridges around the city of Ypres and to force the Germans to divert resources from the channel and their U-boat bases. The nations […]

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