The lost battle: Festubert and the Canadian 1st Division

The famous road to Ypres [c1915]. From “The Red Watch” with the First Canadian Division in Flanders by Col. J.A. Currie, 1916.
The famous road to Ypres [c1915]. From “The Red Watch” with the First Canadian Division in Flanders by Col. J.A. Currie, 1916.
Canada’s record of achievement and battle honours from the First World War is an impressive one, including Courcelette, 2nd Ypres, Mont Sorrel and Vimy. Most of the battles, particularly those in 1917 and 1918, were victories, with the Canadian Corps garnering a reputation as an elite force, tasked with the most difficult objectives; some, like 2nd Ypres and Mont Sorrel were desperate moments when Canadian divisions struggled to hold the Allied lines against superior numbers and in terrible conditions. But what about the battles fought by the Canadians that are rarely mentioned or remembered? What is it about these engagements that makes them lesser moments than Ypres or Vimy? Continue reading “The lost battle: Festubert and the Canadian 1st Division”

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