Fiasco in Siberia

It was all Sir Robert Borden’s doing. The prime minister was in England in July 1918 attending the Prime Ministers’ Committee when the British government asked if Canada might supply troops for a Siberian force that could help prevent a 60,000-strong force of Czech fighters, anxious to support the Allies, from being annihilated by...
  • Beginning The Battle For Sicily: Army, Part 60

    September 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: FRANK ROYAL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA132777 Members of Royal Canadian Regiment consult a map at Piazza Armerina, Italy, in July 1943. This is the first of a series of articles examining the Canadian contributions to the Allied campaign in Sicily and the Italian mainland....
  • PHOTO: NATIONAL DEFENCE/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA–PA003248 Wounded soldiers, including Germans, are delivered to a Canadian advanced dressing station in 1918. While the Canadian Corps fought the battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele, Canadians on the home front were focused on the issue of...
  • Keeping The Corps Together: Army, Part 58

    May 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA-PA001027; CO80027 From top: Soldiers wear gas masks while examining a rifle in 1917; Medical personnel tend to a soldier burned by mustard gas in WW I. The Canadians who captured Vimy Ridge in April 1917 were proud of their nickname,...
  • From The Somme To Vimy: Army, Part 57

    March 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA–PA001035 German prisoners help members of the Canadian Red Cross load wounded soldiers onto light rail cars near Vimy Ridge, April 1917. When General Sir Douglas Haig finally called an end to the Somme offensive in December 1916, he claimed that...
  • Fateful Decisions On The Somme: Army, Part 56

    January 1, 2005 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA–PA000909 Wounded soldiers receive treatment during the Battle of Courcelette, Sept. 15, 1916. By February 1916 the situation confronting the British Empire and France was incredibly bleak. The failure of the 1915 offensives on the Western Front and the crushing defeat...
  • Slaughter At St-Éloi: Army, Part 55

    November 1, 2004 by Terry Copp
    PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA, Walter B. Riddiford–PA145659 Canadian soldiers enjoy coffee on the Western Front in 1916. When the government of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany decided to change the balance of power in Europe by military action, it did so in the firm belief that...
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