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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

By William Mclaughlin WWI was a terrifying fusion of old and new. An infantryman might have a slower-firing bolt action rifle, or he could find himself behind a rapid-firing Maxim gun. Mazes of trenches that ran for hundreds of miles were the setting of a lot of fighting. Trenches could be filled with gas, soaked and muddy, or partially collapsed by artillery. This made for frantic close-quarters-combat. In these confines and situations of overwhelming charges of men, melee weapons became extremely effective. A somewhat surprising fact is that the least preferred melee weapon was the bayonet, a knife attached to...

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Remembering Vimy Ridge

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Remembering Vimy Ridge

By Matthew S. Williams April 9, 2013   Though many people outside of Canada may not know much about it, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the most significant battles of World War I and a key moment in Canada’s history. Taking place between April 9th and 14th of 1917, it was not only a Canadian-led offensive; it was also the only Allied offensive victory in the war to date. And just as importantly, we in Canada consider it a defining moment in our history, when our country ceased being a colony and became a nation. Surprising then...

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Battle Tactics. April 1917 Information graciously provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

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Battle Tactics. April 1917 Information graciously provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

(The Model reproduction of German lines. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.) The taking of Vimy Ridge was a great military accomplishment — Canadians had succeeded where others had failed. Of course, the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died there were the essence of the victory, assisted by novel battle tactics and preparations What lay before our sons just born? – To crawl through a sand box mixed with blood. To form a line that eats, inch by inch, across a wasted strip of land coveted by all. The First World War, from a technological standpoint, was...

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