Strong-Point on the Arras-Cambrai Road

In the previous blog post “Tip of the Sword on the Arras-Cambrai Road” one of the positions on the disposition map was conjectured to be a strong-point that was created from an existing structure. Evidence has come to light that indicates that the units of the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, comprising the 18th and, possibly... Continue Reading →

Battle Patrol Report December 1917

December 1917 found the 18th Battalion in the Acheville Sector. The general level of activity for the Battalion was a marked change from the hell of Passchendaele and the war diary gives the impression that both the Canadian and German units in this sector had hunkered down for December and were not overly interested in... Continue Reading →

Rifle Grenades Revisited

In a post entitled "The narrow escapes that some fellows have are nothing short of marvellous": A Letter from the Front the, then, Private Caldwell relates in some detail a battle between the 18th Battalion, C.E.F. and it opposite German numbers: "Our last term in the front line was rather exciting. Our bomb throwers had been... Continue Reading →

The Raid at Hill 70

4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Order No. 142 outlined the details of a raid on the German lines in detail. The order specifically directs the Battalion in the intention and actions during the raid and was an important preparatory step for the Battalion, and the other Battalions of the Brigade for the attach on Hill 70... Continue Reading →

TVO Program: The Forgotten Gunners of WWI

Program Description: Air Date: Feb 15, 2016 Length: 47:04 Available Until: Jul 30, 2019 About this Video The 20th series begins with an examination of what life was like for the First World War Machine Gun Corps, revealing the lost secrets of Belton House, the stately home where they were trained. Follow this LINK to... Continue Reading →

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1917

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY OF 18th Canadian Battalion - 2nd Canadian Division From 1st February to 28th February 1917 Volume 18 5 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information AUCHEL 1 Battalion in Rest Billets. Physical exercises. Bayonet fighting. Company and Platoon drills, 19 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital[i]. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. 2... Continue Reading →

A Plaintiff Message

Found in the 18th Battalion War Diary, a message showing some of the frustration experienced: 14-8-17 To Adjut Radish Our 18 pounders are firing short on CHICORY [trench]. Send up fifty picks and shovels. Two houses at N 14.a.40-45 and N14.a.40-30 have BOCH [German] SNIPERS. M.H. MOORE has been here and wants seven stretchers and... Continue Reading →

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