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The Last Hundred Days

In order to provide a more complete picture of events during the last hundred days of the First World War, culminating in the declaration of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, a description of the Canadian Corps' actions, including those of its allies Great Britain, France, Belgium and the United States, has been provided. Other significant events have also been noted.

It is important to keep in mind that although the reader will notice there are days where there is no mention of an action by the Canadian Corps, this does not mean the Corps was not involved in some activity, such as movement from one area of battle to another, training and preparation prior to going into action, or some other event.

In fact, and as a grim reminder of the consequences of war, the Corps rarely suffered less than one hundred casualties per day during the last hundred days of the First World War.

Alec MacDougall
Trench Warfare (condensed) (Transcript)

September 29

Day: 53 - The Battle of the Canal du NordAllie Image

On the left, Canadian troops take some 250 prisoners and 20 machine guns in the village of Sancourt, then reach the village of Blécourt and take 80 prisoners there before having to withdraw. On the right, Canadian troops push forward to the junction of the Arras and Bapaume roads, and two battalions fight their way to the outskirts of Neuville St. Rémy, a suburb of the town of Cambrai. In exceedingly bitter fighting, the Canadian Corps suffers 2,089 casualties.

In Flanders, troops of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment advance nine kilometers, capture a new six-inch gun along with a number of machine guns and prisoners.

Victoria Cross recipient:

  • Capt John MacGregor
    M.C., D.C.M., 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
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