Highlights / First World War

International, Politics, Society

100 years since Canada became a world nation at Vimy Ridge

About 25,000 people are in northern France this weekend to commemorate the centennial of a major event in Canadian and world history. They are gathering at a high ground about half way between the French cities of Arras and Lens. »

International, Politics, Society

Vimy: 100 years later, Canadians a little confused about when and where of this major battle

It is almost 100 years to the day that Canada achieved a nation-defining moment in April 1917. It was on the battlefields of northern France during the First World War. Where Britain and France had failed with astronomical loss of »

International, Politics, Society

Canada and France joint stamp issue for Vimy 100

Special commemorative issue by both countries It was in the early dawn of April 9 ,1917. At the signal, tens of thousands of Canadians clambered out of muddy trenches and began a march through snow and freezing drizzle across no »

International, Politics, Society

100th Anniversary of the pivotal battle of WWI

By spring 1917 the First World War had stagnated into a war of attrition. Other than an initial victory by the Serbs at Mt Cer in 1914, the Allied forces had suffered many defeats and no real progress since the »

Politics, Society

Canada History; Feb 3, 1916, Canada’s Parliament on fire!

The huge and impressive Gothic stone and wood Parliament building, completed in 1876, had dominated the skyline of Ottawa, the capital of the young country for just over 40 years. It was, and is located on what was originally known »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

(book) Capturing Hill 70-Major First World War victory forgotten.

In 1917, a normally unimpressive bump in the landscape in northern France near the then coal mining centre of Lens was known to the Allies as Hill 70. It became however a vicious battle for the Canadian troops assigned to »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

“We were here”, legacy of WW-I soldiers beneath the battlefield.

A century ago, tens of thousands of young Canadians and other Commonwealth soldiers were living in tunnels under the WW-I battlefields around Vimy Ridge, and also Arras, France They might spend, hours, days, or even weeks underground and to pass »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Unknown soldiers: finally finding names, closure

It is at one and the same time a sad, but also rewarding task: discovering the identities of the unknown fallen soldiers on the battlefields around the world. In Canada that work is performed by a special department which works »

Politics, Society

Renaming Montreal’s Vimy Park controversy-update

Almost on the actual 100th anniversary date of the historic battle of Vimy Ridge, Montreal council announced that it intended to rename a small park changing it from honouring the battle to instead honour a controversial Quebec separatist politician. A »

International, Politics, Society

History: July 1, 1916, the tragic slaughter of Newfoundland youth

Millions of Canadians share in joyous celebration across the country on this Canada Day,  the 149th birthday of Canada’s founding on July 1, 1867. But in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador, it is a day of truly mixed »