Spoils of War: Canadian Battlefield Trophies

"A captured German Machine Gun at the exhibition grounds at Toronto" [ Captured German artillery, c1919]. CCGW/CCGG 2016.1.111 Gift of E.McCann.
“A captured German Machine Gun at the exhibition grounds at Toronto” [ Captured German artillery, c1919]. CCGW/CCGG 2016.1.111 Gift of E.McCann.
We received this photograph recently and immediately loved it. It’s not immediately apparent from the image, but this artillery gun is very large! The woman pictured is actually standing in between the two arms of the gun carriage, which gives an idea of the size of the artillery pieces used in the Great War. Continue reading “Spoils of War: Canadian Battlefield Trophies”

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A machine war: The technological legacy of the Battle of the Somme

Repairing telephone wires in the Ancre Area, Hamel, October 1916. Copyright IWM (Q 1589)
Repairing telephone wires in the Ancre Area, Hamel, October 1916. Copyright IWM (Q 1589)

Tomorrow will be the centenary of the Somme and due to Canada Day the Centre will be closed, so I thought I would post something in advance of our usual Friday blog. Aside from the day of remembrance in Newfoundland, the Somme doesn’t come onto the Canadian radar until September, when the Canadian Corps was engaged at Courcelette. Continue reading “A machine war: The technological legacy of the Battle of the Somme”