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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Frequently Asked Questions

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On August 6, 1914, a grateful Empire sent word requesting that Canada's offer of soldiers be "dispatched as soon as possible." Presents an overview of the formation of new Canadian military units to help Britain fight the First World War.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Passchendaele (The 3rd Batlle of Ypres)

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Summarizes the third battle of Ypres, called Passchendaele. Includes a map, photos and a link to Archivianet's War Diary Database.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Evolution of the Canadian Corps

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Provides resources for information not available through the War Diaries collection. Includes information on the Newfoundland Regiment at the Somme, origins of battle names, copyright guidelines for documents in the War Diaries, and a useful glossary of terms and abbreviations appearing in the diaries.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Battle of Vimy Ridge

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Summarizes the Battle of Vimy Ridge fought by the Canadian and British troops in April 1917 to take the ridge back from German occupation. Includes a map, photos, and a link to the ArchiviaNet War Diary Database.

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First World War - Personal Stories - Family History

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General advice for Canadians who wish to research the records of family members who served their country during the First World War.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Canal-du-Nord and Cambrai

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Cambrai is situated in the Nord-Pas de Calais region in northern France. West of Cambrai lies the Canal-du-Nord, whose construction at the outbreak of war had been left incomplete, a serious obstacle to Allied troops advancing from the west. The battle towards Cambrai dealt a mortal blow to a weakened, but resistant, German enemy in the course of the last 100 days of the Great War. Includes map, photographs, and a link to Archivianet's War Diary Database.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Battles of the Somme

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Summarizes the Battles of the Somme, fought by the Canadian troops against the Germans in autumn of 1916. Links to Archivianet's War Diary Database.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - 2nd Battle of Arras

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Summarizes the battle that succeeded "in destroying the very heart of the German defense system." The battle was actually a two-operation conflict, that of the Scarpe and that of the Drocourt-Quéant Line. Includes a map, photographs, and a link to Archivianet's War Diary Database.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries

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Provides digitised versions of the daily accounts of "Actions in the Field," written by members of CEF infantry and artillery units, Brigade, Division and Corps commands and support units such as Railway and Forestry troops during World War I.

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Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Battle of Neuve-Chapelle

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The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle is aptly named as it provided a new role for Canadian troops who had just arrived from Salisbury Plain, England, where they had been training. While not a large battle, it was not without significance from a Canadian perspective, in that it was the first time that the Canadian Expeditionary Force had been fully involved in action with the enemy. Includes maps, photographs and artwork from the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle and a link to Archivianet's War Diary Database.

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