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Canadian Battlefields of the First World War

A Visitor's Guide

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Canadian Battlefields of the First World War: A Visitor's Guide by Terry Copp, Mark Humphries, Nick Lachance, Caitlin McWilliams, and Matt Symes
Preface to the Second Edition
Canada at War
England and France 1915
Flanders Fields 1915-1916
Festubert adn Givenchy
St. Eloi Craters 1916
Mount Sorrel 1916
The Somme
Vimy and the Arras Offensive
Passchendaele 1917
Cambrai 1917
The German Spring Offensive 1918
The Battle of Amiens
The Hundred Days: Arras to Mons 1918
Notes on Battlefield Touring
Touring Flanders
Walking the Battlefields: Kitchener's Wood
Touring the Somme
Walking the Battlefields: Desire Trench
Touring Vimy
Walking the Battlefields: 3rd Division at Vimy Ridge
Touring Passchendaele
Touring Amiens
Touring Arras and Cambrai
Walking the Battlefields: Bourlon Wood
Touring Valenciennes to Mons
Official First World War Canadian Memorials
Online Resources and Image Credits


This revised guide to the Canadian battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium offers a brief, critical history of the war and of Canada’s contribution, drawing attention to the best recent books on the subject. It focuses on the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, Vimy, and the “Hundred Days” battles and considers lesser-known battlefields as well. Battle maps, contemporary maps, photographs, war art, and tourist information enhance the reader experience. In addition to its new look, this second edition features new photographs, maps, and a more-detailed history section. A new “Walking the Battlefields” feature allows visitors to follow the path of Canadian troops as they fought at Ypres, the St. Eloi Craters, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Bourlon Wood through detailed maps and unit-level text. The tour sections and references have also been updated to reflect recent developments in writing about the Great War in Canada. The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) at Wilfrid Laurier University exists to foster research, education, and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. This publication was generously funded by John and Pattie Cleghorn.