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Gambling at Sea

Gambling at Sea

Mr. Burton describes the huge game of Crown and Anchor in which many of the three thousand aboard took part on the voyage back to Canada. Mr. Burton, not a gambling man, arrives home with all of his money safely in hand.

Armistice

Armistice

Mr. Burton describes being in Frameries, near Mons, when the Armistice is signed. He goes on to discuss the controversy that arose over which divisions should occupy Germany and which should return home.

German Bombs and Friendly Fallout

German Bombs and Friendly Fallout

Mr. Burton describes a German bombing raid which spooks the horses in his care. He discusses not only the potential danger of the bombs, but also that from 'friendly' spent ammunition used against the bomber.

An Emphasis on Intelligence

An Emphasis on Intelligence

Mr. Burton discusses Sir Arthur Currie's insistence on acquiring good, pertinent intelligence. To this end, he developed Canada's army into an elite force for conducting trench raids whose purpose was to capture prisoners for interrogation.

New Electronic Surveillance

New Electronic Surveillance

Mr. Burton describes the use of a new British device which could intercept German radio traffic in the front lines.

Rat extermination

Rat extermination

Mr. Burton discusses the presence of rats in his bunker, and using abandoned German cordite to blow the vermin out of their tunnels.

Strategy and Success at Amiens

Strategy and Success at Amiens

Mr. Burton describes the use of extra radio traffic at Ypres to divert the Germans while the Canadians moved south to prepare for the Battle of Amiens. He discusses the unprecedented territorial success of this surprise attack, as well as the taking of forty thousand German prisoners by the allied forces.

A Dangerous Moonlit Ride

A Dangerous Moonlit Ride

Mr. Burton describes a nocturnal courier mission during which he is followed and strafed by a Gotha bomber. The bomber follows him to his destination, dropping its bomb and as he seeks shelter in a basement, he's surprised to find his horse following him. The ride home is no less eventful, as he's shelled by the Germans.

The Pony Express

The Pony Express

Mr. Burton describes his responsibilities as a mounted courier near Courcelette. Despite the long distances he rode in the performance of this duty, it was the most enjoyable time he spent in action.

An Angry Horse

An Angry Horse

Mr. Burton discusses being given a horse with three former riders' broken noses to its credit. He's told the secret of mounting the obstinate horse, and finds it to be a very good mount once he's safely in the saddle.

German Long Range Shelling

German Long Range Shelling

Mr. Burton describes the Germans' use of long-range naval guns to shell the storage yards at St. Pol. He describes the predictable timing of the bombardments and the unpredictability of the bomb fragments.

Gotha Bomber

Gotha Bomber

Mr. Burton describes the Germans' use of the Gotha bomber to harass allied rest camps at night. He describes coning a Gotha and watching it release its bomb, which, fortunately, was a dud.

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