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William Shatner | Battle of Vimy Ridge

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William Shatner | Battle of Vimy Ridge

With the 100th anniversary just a week away, we came across a video that is very interesting so we thought we would share the link for it. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge, Legion Magazine, Canada’s Ultimate Story and William Shatner tell the story of this important First World War battle. Our victory at Vimy was a defining event for Canada. On the 100th anniversary, we revisit the Canadian triumph over the German army and explore why the battle has come to signify the birth of our nation. We ask you to share with #Vimy100 #LestWeForget...

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Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

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Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

Starting in March 2017, the War Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with five principal initiatives: a presentation by Dr. Tim Cook on the history behind the commemoration of Vimy, a special exhibition on Vimy and the nature of commemoration title Vimy – Beyond the Battle, a renewal of the Vimy section in the Museum’s First World War gallery and two exhibitions that will travel nationally and internationally. These initiatives will enhance public understanding of this iconic event and how it has shaped our perception of history. At the Museum Why Vimy Matters: The...

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The Broadie Helmet

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The Broadie Helmet

From the War museum.ca/ Wikipedia   Did you know, that beginning in 1916, Canadian soldiers wore “Brodie helmets” during the First World War? It is hard to believe but early in the First World War, none of the combatants provided steel helmets to their troops. Soldiers of most nations went into battle wearing cloth, felt, or leather headgear that offered no protection from modern weapons. Most soldiers on the front lines just wore fabric caps. The head wounds that many men suffered soon made it clear that moving to steel helmets would save lives but it would be April 1916...

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One of the most famous snipers of WW1

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One of the most famous snipers of WW1

Source:www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cf...native/norwest Henry Louis Norwest is one of the most famous Canadian snipers in the First World War, and 3rd on the Allied Kills List. Norwest was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, of French-Cree ancestry. In his nearly three years of service with the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion, the lance-corporal achieved a confirmed kill record of 115. Norwest is one of only about 830 members of the CEF to be awarded the Military Medal and bar. Norwest enlisted in January 1915 under the name Henry Louie, and was discharged after three months for misbehaviour. Eight months later, he signed up again,...

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Letter censorship on the front line

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Letter censorship on the front line

By Anthony Richards-30 May 2014 Keeping the Home Front posted, with millions of carefully censored letters zipping between soldiers and loved ones, was vital for maintaining morale. Each week, more than 12 million letters were delivered to soldiers during the First World War, providing opportunities to exchange news with family and friends, request parcels and confirm that they were still in one piece. As the main method of communicating with home, servicemen placed huge importance on correspondence which, from our modern perspective, can reveal the writer’s thoughts, beliefs and experiences while providing an immediacy often lacking in diaries or memoirs....

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