GWASL 15: VIMY RIDGE
Following the Battle of the Somme, pressure
mounted on the Allied command for the Canadian Corps (formed from
the Canadian Expeditionary Force) to fight as a single unit, instead
of parceling out its soldiers among different British units. When
the commander of the Canadian 1st Division took over for General
Byng, the unit was under Canadian command for the first time.
As the war pressed on, the Canadians were considered an elite,
and among the best military formations on the Western Front as
Germany was inexorably ground down. Their success on the battlefields
comes as no surprise when the all-volunteer formation that the
CEF was built on is taken into account. The peak of Canadian military
achievement during the war came during the battles of the Somme,
Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele. Together, these battles were later
to be known as "Canada's Hundred Days". And despite
the fact that Britain's declaration of war automatically brought
the dominion of Canada into the conflict, there was widespread
support, even among French Canadians, for support of the Motherland.
Canada's total casualties stood at the end of the war at 67,000
KIA and 250,000 WIA, out of an expeditionary force of 620,000
men mobilized (39% of those mobilized were to become casualties
of war). For the first time in its history, Canadian forces fought
as a distinct unit under British command, and later shed their
blood for a Canadian general. The Germans went so far as to call
the Canadians, 'stosstruppen' (stormtroopers) after experiencing
their ferocity in battle. In August 1918, the CEF organized the
Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, which reinforced the anti-Bolshevik
garrison in Vladivostok during the winter of 1918–19.
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