Canada's Hundred Days, Canadian Mounted Rifles


 August 4 to November 11, 1918 has come to be known as "Canada's
Hundred Days", for in this period the Canadian Corps was in the vanguard
 of the successful march to Mons.

 When the Allied advance began the Canadian Corps was assigned the task
of spearheading an attack on an important salient near Amiens on August
 8. Utter secrecy was vital since the Germans had come to regard any
 movement of Canadian troops as a sign of imminent attack. To deceive the
 enemy part of the corps was sent north to the Ypres section. After making
their presence known to the Germans they hurried back to Amiens.
Preparations for battle were carried out at night, and there was no
 preliminary bombardment to warn the enemy of impending action. Surprise
 was complete. Flanked by Australians and French, and spearheaded by
 tanks, the Canadians advanced twelve miles in three days. The morale of
the German High Command was badly shaken. In Ludendorff's words,

           August 8 was the "black day of the German army".

Between August 26 and September 2, in hard continuous fighting, the
Canadian Corps fought through strong German positions to the heavily
fortified line of the Canal du Nord. Assisted by fifteen tanks from the
 British Tanks Corps, they successfully crossed this formidable barrier. A
 breakthrough of the German defences had finally been achieved. Victory
was not far off. Early in October Cambrai was taken in one of the
bloodiest battles of the war. Then, in an uninterrupted advance, the
 Canadians fought their way through Valenciennes,
Mont Houy and reached historic Mons, on the day the armistice was signed
 The war was over.
 The Canadian troops remained in Europe to share in the allied occupation.
They crossed the Rhine into Germany at Bonn where Sir Arthur Currie
was accorded the distinction of taking the salute in honour of Canadian
 achievements.
finally, in 1919 the Canadian troops came home where they were greeted
 by grateful and enthusiastic crowds in cities and towns across the
 country.

My Grandfather survived the gassing but it did permanent damage 
to his lungs. He was shipped back to a Canadian Military Hospital 
and began the last few years of his life struggling to breath.
He died at the age of 39 from lung damage.
My Father was 10 years old.










 

Military Hospital

Nursing sisters.

Canadian First World War
Monty, as he was called by those who
knew him.
with other soldiers in Military hospitals
after the war.

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