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In 1914 with a regular army of only 3,110 men Canada was ill-prepared to enter World War I (1914-1918). Yet, in a display of incredible unanimity thousands of young Canadians volunteered to fight for the Allied cause. Ultimately the Canadian contribution was the most important non-British contingent within the vast Allied armies with a total of nearly 700,000 Canadians in uniform. For a nation of only 8 million people this was a remarkable war effort and nearly one of every ten who fought in the war did not ...
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The Canadian Corps in World War I

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Overview

In 1914 with a regular army of only 3,110 men Canada was ill-prepared to enter World War I (1914-1918). Yet, in a display of incredible unanimity thousands of young Canadians volunteered to fight for the Allied cause. Ultimately the Canadian contribution was the most important non-British contingent within the vast Allied armies with a total of nearly 700,000 Canadians in uniform. For a nation of only 8 million people this was a remarkable war effort and nearly one of every ten who fought in the war did not return. The Canadians served in all the major conflicts on the Western Front; they were the first troops to suffer a gas attack in 1915 and served at Ypres and the Somme.

The Canadian Corps is most famously remembered for their victory at Vimy Ridge one of the major successes of the war. This victory was also a national coming of age, having started the war as a single division under British command, here for the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Corps had attacked and triumphed together. This national identity was reinforced by the use of their own uniforms, insignia, weapons and equipment which are superbly illustrated within this book. This book also includes a complete listing of units, battalion by battalion, summarizing their proud service record throughout the course of the war including their service on the Western Front, at sea and in the air. The poignant photographs, specially commissioned colour artwork and detailed service records will give a unique insight into the war experiences of the Canadian soldier which ultimately contributed to a real sense of Canadian national identity.
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"Rene Chartrand's The Canadian Corps in World War I is also an excellent recommendation for a specialty military library, surveying the units, organization and uniforms of the four Canadian divisions which gained fame during the battle." -The Bookwatch (December 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782008453
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Men-at-Arms , #439
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Ren� Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. The author lives in Quebec, Canada.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     3
Canada in 1914
Chronology     6
Canada in the Great War     8
The dominance of Sir Samuel Hughes - recruitment and mobilization -organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Across the Atlantic - first blood: Second Ypres, April 1915 - formation of the Canadian Corps, 1916
Internal problems: the controversy over French-Canadian recruitment - conscription, 1917 - patterns of enlistment
The Newfoundland contribution
Divisional & brigade organization - listing of Canadian units 1914-19
Corps Operations     20
Field commanders
Vimy Ridge, April 1917 - Passchendaele, October 1917 - the Arras counteroffensive, August 1918 - 'Canada's Hundred Days'
Other fronts: North Russia and Siberia, 1918-19 - the Middle East, 1918
Uniforms, Arms & Equipment     24
The debate over khaki - khaki Canadian pattern uniforms, 1903 & 1914 - adoption of British service dress from 1915 - coloured shoulder straps - brassards - unit and formation patches - headgear - steel helmets - greatcoats and protective clothing - Highland uniforms - rank distinctions
Personal equipment: Oliver patterns M1899, M1915 & M1916 - British 08 web equipment
Rifles: the Ross and the SMLE
Ordnance
Select Bibliography     42
Plate Commentaries     43
Index     48
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