The Canadian Corps in World War I

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-06-19
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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This book describes the organization, lists the units and illustrates the uniforms and equipment of the four Canadian divisions which earned an elite reputation on the Western Front in 1915-18. Canada's 600,000 troops - of whom more than 66,000 died and nearly 150,000 were wounded - representedan extraordinary contribution to the British Empire's struggle. On grim battlefields from the Ypres Salient to the Somme, and from their stunning victory at Vimy Ridge to the final triumphant 'Hundred Days' advance of autumn 1918, Canada's soldiers proved themselves to be a remarkable army in their own right, founding a national tradition.

Author Biography

Ren? Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. The author lives in Quebec, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Canada in 1914
Chronologyp. 6
Canada in the Great Warp. 8
The dominance of Sir Samuel Hughes - recruitment and mobilization -organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Across the Atlantic - first blood: Second Ypres, April 1915 - formation of the Canadian Corps, 1916
Internal problems: the controversy over French-Canadian recruitment - conscription, 1917 - patterns of enlistment
The Newfoundland contribution
Divisional & brigade organization - listing of Canadian units 1914-19
Corps Operationsp. 20
Field commanders
Vimy Ridge, April 1917 - Passchendaele, October 1917 - the Arras counteroffensive, August 1918 - 'Canada's Hundred Days'
Other fronts: North Russia and Siberia, 1918-19 - the Middle East, 1918
Uniforms, Arms & Equipmentp. 24
The debate over khaki - khaki Canadian pattern uniforms, 1903 & 1914 - adoption of British service dress from 1915 - coloured shoulder straps - brassards - unit and formation patches - headgear - steel helmets - greatcoats and protective clothing - Highland uniforms - rank distinctions
Personal equipment: Oliver patterns M1899, M1915 & M1916 - British 08 web equipment
Rifles: the Ross and the SMLE
Select Bibliographyp. 42
Plate Commentariesp. 43
Indexp. 48
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