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Canadian Battlefields of the First World War

A Visitor's Guide

By Terry Copp, Nick Lachance, Caitlin McWilliams, and Matt Symes
Edited by Mark Humphries
Subjects History, Military History, Battlefield Guides, Canadian History
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Paperback : 9781926804163, 171 pages, June 2015

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.