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Following the successful capture of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 the Canadian Corps, many of whom were British-born, were increasingly used as crack troops to take difficult objectives such as Hill 70 near Lens and the pulverised remains of Passchendaele village.
Having been spared the onslaught of the German Spring Offensive it fell to the Canadians to spearhead many of the Allied advances in the Last Hundred Days of 1918; at Amiens, from Arras to Cambrai across the Canal du Nord and eventually on to Valenciennes and Mons. These advances, made against successive lines of German defences involved some of the fiercest fighting of the war and took a frightening toll on Canadian manpower.
Hear Jeremy talk through these battles, explain the context in which they were fought, listen to remarkable tales of bravery and fighting skill and discuss exactly why the Canadians were so good. It is hoped the talk will show that there was more to the Canadian war effort than the successful assault of Vimy Ridge.
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