Inauguration of the German Artillery Guns Interpretation Display
May 14, 2018 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission
Last Saturday afternoon, Jean R. Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Poulin of the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment and Margaret F. Delisle, Chair of the National Battlefields Commission (NBC), inaugurated the German artillery guns interpretation display on the Plains of Abraham behind the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury.
“When the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment contacted us last January about their project to group together the seven German guns found at various locations on the Plains of Abraham in one area behind the Armoury, we immediately agreed to cooperate. The National Battlefields Commission has been the custodian of these guns since 1926 and grouping them near the newly rebuilt Armoury provided us with an opportunity to give meaning and substance to this collection.” [translation].
Margaret F. Delisle
Chair of the National Battlefields Commission
Last January, the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment contacted the NBC to inform the Commission of a project to group together, behind the newly rebuilt Armoury, the seven German guns already on exhibit on the Plains of Abraham. The Commission quickly agreed to cooperate and partnered with the Voltigeurs de Québec in the German artillery guns interpretation display project.
The German artillery guns interpretation display features nine stations explaining the context (war souvenirs and Canada at the Front) and offering a description of each piece of artillery. Landscaping will take place this summer.
The seven guns were taken during the victories celebrated at Vimy in 1917 and Amiens, Arras and Cambrai in 1918. They are witnesses to the efforts and sacrifices of all those who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
In 1926, the Dominion Archives contacted the National Battlefields Commission to preserve and showcase seven guns captured from the German Army during the First World War. The guns were then positioned at different locations on the Plains of Abraham.
The NBC wishes to thank the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment for its initiative and cooperation in the achievement of this interpretation exhibit.
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