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Canada’s second major WWI battle
Military Milestones

Canada’s second major WWI battle

In May 1915, Canadian troops entered their second major battle of the First World War, on the Western Front near Festubert in the Artois region of France. On May 9, the British had suffered 11,000 casualties attacking nearby Neuve-Chapelle. A week later, Field Marshal Douglas Haig ordered another attack involving two Canadian brigades, hoping for a breakthrough. The offensive was also meant to draw German divisions to the British front, depriving German lines of reinforcements in the campaign being fought by the French at Vimy Ridge. Unlike in later battles, there were no trenches marking the German front line. The Germans had machine guns behind breastworks of sandbags. The town and battlefield were under German observation from nearby Aubers Ridge. In the three days prior to ...
A Canadian sniper in Ukraine: Numbers, deaths and homecoming
Defence Today, Front Lines

A Canadian sniper in Ukraine: Numbers, deaths and homecoming

It was early morning and sniper Wali, his Canadian compatriot and two Ukrainian soldiers were in and around a trench at the far end of a wooded windbreak separating expansive farm fields in eastern Ukraine. Huddled among leafless trees, they were essentially the point men in the defence of a village on the approaches to the strategic city of Mariupol. Russian troops and tanks were staging a measured advance across the fallow fields on three sides. Mud was about all that was keeping the heavy armour, visible a kilometre away, from overrunning their position in a 20-metre-deep wood that ran in an angular L-shape, its short leg jutting northeastward toward the enemy. Fresh out of blankets, their bodies warm in the cool morning air, Wali—the nom de guerre of a Montreal-born veteran vo...

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