Transport under fire: Logistics and the Canadian Corps 1916-1918

Pack horses taking up ammunition to the guns of 20th Bty CFA, Neuville-Saint-Vaast, APril 1917. [LAC official title] Seton Collection, CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.13.01
Pack horses taking up ammunition to the guns of 20th Bty CFA, Neuville-Saint-Vaast, April 1917. [LAC official title] Seton Collection, CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.13.01
We posted this photo this week on Twitter from one of our archival collections, and that got me to thinking about the mammoth logistical task that faced armies on the Western Front. This particular photograph shows the transport of shells to the front lines at Vimy Ridge using horses. At Vimy more than 1000 artillery pieces were fired continually for the week preceding the battle and provided the crucial creeping barrage during the three days of fighting, many the shells that were used by the artillery crews would have been transported  exactly like these.  Continue reading “Transport under fire: Logistics and the Canadian Corps 1916-1918”

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