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A tank on the road to Cambrai
A Canadian rail gun shelling
The mud of Passchendaele
Canadian armored car

A wounded Canadian soldier

           The Canadian Corps

Immediately following the outbreak of WWI Britain asked
Canada to raise an army to assist with the war effort. After
a confrontation with the British, Canadian leaders made it
plain that the Canadian army would serve as part of the
British contingent but remain together as a separate all
Canadian force. It was the only army of WWI never to lose
a battle it fought.

Vimy Ridge marked the first time the Canadians fought
together as a corps. It was to remain the only permanent
allied victory in Europe until 1918. Other battles fought by
the Canadian Corps included Passchendaele, Canal du
Nord, Arras, Amiens, Hill 60, Cambrai and Mons.
Canadians bravely held the line against the world's first gas
attack at Ypres in1915. Canadian units also fought in the
Somme during that disastrous 1916 British campaign.

The Canadian Corps was not a race of supermen. Rather it
was comprised of people like Joseph Taylor
from 70
Balsam Avenue who joined up at 15 and died at the age of
17 or
Charles Mabbot from 288 Main Street who had a scar
on the right knee and a mole on his left hip. He died at age
19.  These were all kids who had lives worth living, yet gave
them willingly for their country under the most appalling
conditions imaginable.

Even less well known is that fact that Canadian Corps
combat troop losses were higher than those of the entire
American armed forces in WWI.