Major First World War battles and campaigns

Major First World War battles and campaigns

Overviews of seven major battles and campaigns of the First World War.


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The Battle of Ypres (1915)

The notorious Battle of Ypres, Canada’s first major appearance on a European battlefield.

Festubert and Givenchy (1915)

Summary of allied efforts at Festubert and Givenchy.

The Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel (1916)

How Canadian soldiers pushed back the Germans as part of a four-month offensive.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917)

How Canadian forces lead the capture of one of Germany’s most important positions.

The Battle of Hill 70 and Lens (1917)

How Canadian forces captured the strategic position of Hill 70.

The Battle of Passchendaele (1917)

How 100,000 Canadian soldiers captured enemy territory by fighting through mud and enemy fire.

The Battle of Cambrai (1917)

Canada’s role supporting the first effective tank attack in history.

Canada's Hundred Days (1918)

The last hundred days of the First World War, which are known as Canada`s Hundred Days.

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From Vimy to Juno

Explore the connections between Canada’s participation in the two world wars.

Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial (France)

Conceptual image of the visitor education

The new Canadian National Vimy Memorial opens to the public on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Halifax Citadel national historic site of Canada

Aerial view of the Halifax Citadel

Plan a trip to the Halifax Citadel, a strategic hilltop location chosen to protect the city in times of war.

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