Monday, November 03, 2008

The Canadian Corps: World War One

In 8 short days it will be the 90th anniversary of the War to end all Wars. Sadly too few Canadians today know the history of how this great country of ours was forged. Between 1914 and 1918, 400,000 Canadians volunteered for the war effort. To put this in some perspective, fully 20% of male Canadians joined up. 68,000 died under the most gruesome circumstances in the history of warfare.

The Canadian Corps arrived in Europe in 1914 as loyal subjects of The British Empire. On the battlefields of France and Belgium, they fought, died and worse, as Canadians. They also achieved some of the most significant victories of the war. Those that returned home, returned as Canadians without hyphens.

The six episodes below, 50 minutes in total, taught me things about my ancestors that I didn't know. Perhaps you might find it worth your while.

May God bless Canada!

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