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Canada History World War One

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 […]

Canada History World War One

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 […]

Canada History World War One

Kinmel Park Riots: Treat Us More Humanely and Send Us Home

The Canadian Corps served admirably in World War One. One thing, however, marred its reputation: the Kinmel Park riots. After Armistice, there was no official policy to send the troops home. The Canadian army and government disagreed over the best course of action. The government wanted a “first over, first back” system while Gen. Arthur […]

Canada History World War One

Khaki University: Steering Soldiers Away From Vice

Canada, near the end of World War One, devised an idea to keep its soldiers occupied during their down time, steering them away from vice, and preparing them for post-war life.  This idea was Khaki University. The program, originally called Khaki College, was the brainchild of Dr. Henry Marshall Tory.  The National Council of the YMCA […]

Canada History World War One

Battle of Hill 70: A Forgotten, Yet Important Battle

The Battle of Hill 70 was fought August 15-25, 1917 near Lens, France. The attack relieved pressure on the Allies near Passchendaele. The idea was the attack on Hill 70 would divert German reinforcements. The nations involved were Canada and Germany. “Yet the critical battle of Hill 70, fought in August of 1917, and squeezed out between […]

Canada History World War One

Battle of Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Coming of Age

The Battle of Vimy Ridge is the next World War One battle mentioned in Angel of Mercy. Here are some facts about the battle. When: April 9-12, 1917 Where: near Arras, France Who: The nations involved were Canada Great Britain Germany What: The major events of the battle were Learning from the mistake during the […]

Canada History World War One

Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry: Canadian Men with Previous Military Experience

The first battle the Canadian Expeditionary Force engaged in during World War One was the Second Battle of Ypres. However, a group of soldiers did participate in earlier engagements. These men were members of Princess Patricia’s regiment. Who were the Patricias? When World War One erupted, Canada had a very small army called “the permanent […]

Canada History World War One

Arthur Currie: Commander of the Canadian Corps

Arthur Currie was born December 5, 1875 in Napperton, Ontario. Currie worked as a teacher, real estate agent and insurance broker. He also served as an officer in the militia in British Columbia. Currie’s business schemes left him deeply in debt, and he used money earmarked for the militia to pay off his debts. Friends […]

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