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International, Politics, Society

Hill 70: Memorial to Canadian fallen in France officially opens to public.

All volunteer, privately funded project This month, what is very probably the last monument to commemorate the fallen of the First World War, was officially opened in France. The impressive Hill 70 memorial at Loos-en-Gohelle (near Lens) was officially opened» 

International, Politics, Society

Hill 70 Victoria Cross: A small but vital piece of Canadian history saved

(public comments open on all RCI stories- comments will be posted after moderating) It’s just a tiny bit of low-quality bronze, almost worthless, but what it represents makes it almost priceless. It is the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest honour» 

International, Politics, Society

Canadians to recreate Armistice parade in Mons, Belgium, 100 years later

In November 1918 the horrific toll of the First World War was coming to an end. The Armistice to end hostilities was being negotiated. On the morning of the 11th, official word came to the Canadians to hold their place» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Society

The Battle of Hill 70: Graphic novel for students

Canadians unfortunately really know very little of their own history. To help bring some of that history to young Canadians, a graphic novel was made about a major battle and victory by Canadian troops in the First World War. Matthew» 

International, Politics, Society

101 years: A great victory, a monument at last, a burial ceremony

WW-I: Hill-70: Another great Canadian victory 101 years ago Four soldiers buried today In a terrible war, it was another tremendous victory for the Canadians, with six Victoria Crosses awarded, the highest Commonwealth medal for valour. As always tragically, the» 

Society

Remains of Canadian WWI soldier found in France and identified

The remains of a Canadian First World War soldier found at the site of a construction project in Lens, in northern France have been identified as those of Pte. John (Jack) Henry Thomas, officials with the Department of National Defence» 

International, Society

100 years later, finally a memorial to a forgotten battle

One hundred years ago this week, a geographic mound outside the French city of Lens was the site of a major strategic battle of the First World War. Known as the Battle of Hill 70, it was a  10-day struggle» 

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, Society

Update: Hill 70 – Outstanding Canadian victory, forgotten no longer

In just a few short days, on April 9, a massive crowd will gather at the spectacular Canadian Vimy memorial in France for the 100th anniversary of that incredible victory which marked a turning point for the Allies in that» 

Arts and 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»