The Canadians on The Somme, September-November 1916.
For King & Empire; Volume II; (Revised Edition 2007)
This volume tells the story of the participation of the
Canadians in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World
War, The Somme. In August 1916 the Canadians, now 60,000
strong were ordered to take their part in the Somme Offensive.
Losses in the Battle had already exceeded 150,000 and more
men were needed to feed the guns, now it was the Canadians
turn. In a series of brutal assaults, in September-October
1916 they slowly pushed their line forward against uncut
wire, massive gunfire and a tenacious German defense. In
the end 25,000 Canadians were killed or wounded. It was
a sobering experience that brought the Canadians an opportunity
to evaluate the failings of the Campaign, and put the Lessons
Learned in practice in the next big fight, Vimy Ridge.
This volume includes an historical Overview of the Battle;
a Battlefield Tour of 8 Points; a list of 21 Cemeteries
and memorials where the Canadians killed in Battle are commemorated
or buried. Asides include: Nationalities, The Odds, Canon
Scotts search for his son, the Vimy Memorial, Lieutenant
Frank McGee, and The Tanks. Profusely illustrated with maps,
photos and drawings, and includes a fold-out Tour map at
the back of the book.
This volume was included in the TV series, For King &
Empire, Eps 2. The DVD covers the battle like the book,
and is literally a walking tour.