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Russian POW's were miserably treated.

Russian POW's were miserably treated.

Mr. Gies discusses the relative treatment for British and Russian POWs, with the Russians faring far worse. He notes that the Russian camp saw many deaths by starvation and suicide.

Heavy losses at the front

Heavy losses at the front

Mr. Gies recalls arriving at the front line and remaining static for the first month. After a German breakthrough at the Somme, his unit is sent to help repel them. In the ensuing action, four-fifths of his unit are either killed or wounded.

The tone-deaf bugler

The tone-deaf bugler

Mr. Babcock gives a humorous account of joining the bugle band despite being tone-deaf, and “going through the motions” without ever playing a note.

The Young Soldiers Battalion

The Young Soldiers Battalion

Mr. Babcock describes being assigned to the Young Soldiers Battalion, and in particular a daily ration of eight hours of parade drill served by veteran NCO's and officers.

Basic training and the Ross rifle

Basic training and the Ross rifle

Mr. Babcock retraces his training in Sydenham, Kingston and Val Cartier, and compares the Ross and Lee Infield rifles.

Millions of lice

Millions of lice

Mr. Lapenskie describes the difficulty of eradicating lice from the seams of his uniform.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

Mr. Lapenskie painfully describes hearing of the loss of his best friend in a letter from home.

Barbed wire inspections

Barbed wire inspections

Mr. Stokes briefly describes nocturnal inspections of protective barbed wire for possible German sabotage.

Rehabilitation in PEI

Rehabilitation in PEI

Mr. Boyce describes going to a rehab hospital in Charlottetown, and sleeping outdoors in order to get adequate air, despite frigid winter conditions.

Mustard Gas Victim

Mustard Gas Victim

Mr. Boyce describes being poisoned by mustard gas, returning to England and finally being repatriated to Canada.

Mustard Gas Versus Cloud Gas

Mustard Gas Versus Cloud Gas

Mr. Boyce discusses the difference between cloud gas and mustard gas, which was delivered by artillery shell. He describes the futility of trying to wear a gas mask in a combat situation.

Vimy Ridge Was Decisive

Vimy Ridge Was Decisive

Mr. Boyce describes the value of tunnels to the eventual success of the Canadian assault on Vimy, and discusses the demoralization of the defeated German prisoners.

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