Sketch plan showing formation adopted for the attack & capture, Courcelette on 15th September 1916

The battle for the village of Courcelette was the Canadian Corps’ entry into the Somme Offensive, begun on 1 July 1917 with the BEF’s disastrous first day attacks. By September, the Somme had become an attritional battle, as both sides tried to wear the other down through daily losses of men and matériel. The Canadian Corps would fight alongside the latest technological innovation of the war; the tank.

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