Sports Days for the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade

“Sports Days” were an integral part of British and Canadian Military life. In every area of operation, be it Flanders, Salonika, or Mesopotamia. For the Canadian troops, Sports Days were times of recreation and competition – a break from soldiering. Yet, the popularity of the Sports Days had a decidedly military purpose. They helped foster … Continue reading Sports Days for the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1917

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY -OF- 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st June to 31th June 1917 Volume 22 With appendicies 1-3 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information 1 Map reference WILLERVAL 1/20,000   Battalion in Brigade Support with H.Qrs at T.27.d.3.5.   During the night Battalion was relieved by 15th Canadian … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1917

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: May 1917

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY -OF- 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st May to 31st May 1917 Volume 31 With appendicies 1-2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information 1 a.m. Battalion in Reserve camp near NEUVILLE ST VAST. Battalion parade and company training. During the afternoon recreational exercise such as Football, Baseball … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: May 1917

Enemy seems to have much water in his trenches: Christmas 1916 for the 18th Battalion

It was the second Christmas for the 18th Battalion in the front lines. The first Christmas in 1915 found the Battalion blooded in its first actions in Belgium and suffered 26 deaths from the Battalion’s arrival on the Continent in mid-September 1915 until the end of December. The feelings on isolation from family and friends … Continue reading Enemy seems to have much water in his trenches: Christmas 1916 for the 18th Battalion

Sergeant Austin’s Accident: The Tale of Two Emerging Modern Weapon Systems

Robert Wallace Austin reg. no. 113067 joined the Canadian Army at 8:45 a.m.[i] on July 23, 1915 in the city of Ottawa.[ii] He was just shy of one month past his twenty-first birthday when he joined the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles (8th C.M.R.) and he was to be transported to England in October 1915 to … Continue reading Sergeant Austin’s Accident: The Tale of Two Emerging Modern Weapon Systems