War Diary of the 18th Battalion: August 1917

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION FROM 1st August to 31st August 1917 Volume 24 With appendicis 6 - 13 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information Map reference, 36B Edition 6, 1/40,000.       BOVIGNY 1st. R.19.central. 1 18th. Canadian Battalion at BOVIGNY village in billets, the … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: August 1917

“One dead German in our wire.”: Reports on a German Raid on the 18th Battalion May 1917

April 1917 had brought the Canadian Expeditionary Forces a hard won victory at Vimy Ridge and from that success the 18th Battalion held positions on the East side of Vimy Ridge through the month of May. The 2 week previous to the action in question the Battalion had been relieved on the 13th of May … Continue reading “One dead German in our wire.”: Reports on a German Raid on the 18th Battalion May 1917

“Silent Death”: The Canadian Style of Trench Raiding

In a recent book I found at the California University Digital Library entitled Sniping in France - With Notes on the Scientific Training of Scouts, Observers, and Snipers by Major H. Hesketh-Prichard D.S.O., M.C. there was an interesting reference: "For instance, there was the"Silent Death," as it was called, invented by the Canadians, who, under … Continue reading “Silent Death”: The Canadian Style of Trench Raiding