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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The business of war: Canadian businesses and the First World War

[Lyman Tube and Supply Co. Roll of Honour],[c1919], Collections CCGW/CCGG
[Lyman Tube and Supply Co. Roll of Honour],[c1919], Collections CCGW/CCGG
Waging total war takes an enormous toll not only on a country’s population, but its industry and economy as well. The First World War was the first such modern war; a conflict that dominated all aspects of life in the participating countries for almost 5 years and continued to affect how they would be governed and how individuals would live their lives for years afterwards. Canada, though the country did not see war on its own soil, was no different. Formally a dominion of the British Empire, Canada was obliged to participate in the conflict that Britain had entered and just days after the declaration of war set about mobilising soldiers, medical care and supplies for a war in Europe. Continue reading “The business of war: Canadian businesses and the First World War”