Readers’ Quiz Answers

November 23, 2009 by Legion Magazine

In the November/December issue we tested your knowledge of the First World War. Here are the answers.

  1. True.  Still a colony of the British Empire, Canada had no control over its own foreign affairs.  Canada was granted autonomy in foreign policy in 1931.
  2. a. Canada had two obsolete cruisers, the HMCS Niobe and the HMCS Rainbow.
  3. “Wipers.”
  4. Sir Joseph W. Flavelle, a wealthy Toronto businessman who made his fortune as president of a large pork-packing enterprise.  Beginning in November 1915, he led the Imperial Munitions Board, which oversaw Canada’s military-industrial output.
  5. False.  The Royal Canadian Air Force did not exist in the First World War. Bishop flew for Britain’s young Royal Flying Corps, along with approximately 20,000 other Canadians.  Bishop was awarded several honours, including the Victoria Cross.
  6. b. The Pimple, a northern extension of the ridge.  The Canadians took the Pimple on April 12, 1917, three days after the battle began.
  7. The 1917 Military Service Act.  Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden introduced the measure; the legislation made all men aged 20-45 eligible for conscription for overseas military service.
  8. October 1917.  The battle began in mid-June 1917.
  9. The Battle of Amiens, which began on Aug. 8, 1918.  The four-day battle inflicted such a heavy toll that Aug. 8 was called the “black day of the German Army.”
  10. Mons, Belgium. The Canadians had captured the city on Nov. 10 and forced the German defenders to retreat, as part of the Allies’ final offensive of the war.
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