Crossing the Canal du Nord: the ‘linchpin’ of the Hindenburg Line

After crashing the Drocourt-Quéant Line on 2 September, the Canadian Corps could take a well-deserved rest and begin preparations for their next obstacle: The Canal du Nord. While allied forces continued their operations throughout September, Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Currie needed to develop a strategy to cross the heavily fortified canal where enemy positions were strong and bristling with machine guns.

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A farmer in France: Robert Harold Johnston

[Private Robert Harold Johnston, 46th Battalion CEF]c.1918. CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.24.02
[Private Robert Harold Johnston, 46th Battalion CEF]c.1918. CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.24.02
One of the 4 soldiers featured as part of our Giving Tuesday and #showusyoursoldier campaign is Private Robert Harold Johnston. A resident of Graytown, Saskatchewan, Johnston lived and worked on the family farm. Like many farm boys who could not be spared to go to war, Johnston did not volunteer at the outbreak of war, but was drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917. He officially entered the Canadian Corps on 12 January 1918 at the age of 24.
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