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World War 1 Remembered - 233rd (Canadien Français) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q4

October 5, 2017
Last Updated on: October 5, 2017


1917 – October to December


Western Canada’s 233rd Battalion was an attempt to raise a CEF battalion made up of francophone soldiers recruited from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and led by French-speaking officers. It was headquartered in Edmonton and was to be the last CEF infantry battalion raised, at least in part, from that city.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q4

October 5, 2017
Last Updated on: October 5, 2017


1917 – October to December


The Second Battle of Passchendaele (October 26 to November 10) was, in percentage terms, the costliest battle the 49th Battalion ever fought. The battalion lost three quarters of its strength in a few hours on the morning of 30 October.

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World War 1 Remembered - 218th (Edmonton Irish) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q3

July 5, 2017
Last Updated on: July 5, 2017


1917 – July to September


The 218th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion’s story began on February 23, 1916, and ended with their conversion to Canadian Railway Troops in January of 1917. The unit served through the remainder of the war as the 8th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops.

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World War 2 Remembered - Edmonton Regiment - 1942 Q2

April 3, 2017
Last Updated on: July 5, 2017


1942 – April to June


The Edmonton Regiment had closed out March 1942 with exercises that emphasized defence against panzer and parachutist attacks. The fear of a German raid had not gone away. More of this training and preparation would continue in the next quarter.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q2

April 3, 2017
Last Updated on: July 5, 2017


1917 – April to June


Vimy Ridge: April 9-12, 1917 – This battle marked the first engagement of the complete Canadian Corps (4 Divisions), fighting as a formation within the British 1st Army. The Canadian Corps (with one British Division attached and over 100,000 soldiers) took the enemy trenches, gained control and held the high ground that dominated the region. They then stormed down the ridge and fought through and beyond the village of Vimy. The cost of winning the battle was high. Canadians suffered over 10,500 casualties, of which 3,598 soldiers were killed in action.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q1

January 4, 2017
Last Updated on: April 3, 2017


1917 – January to March

During the first quarter of 1917 the 49th Battalion was in the Vimy Ridge sector. January saw two tours in the front lines while February was highlighted by the departure of Lt.-Col. Greisbach and the start of preparations for the epic Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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World War 1 Remembered - 202nd (Sportsmen's) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q1

January 5, 2017
Last Updated on: April 3, 2017


1917 – January to March

Mobilization of the 202nd Battalion was authorized on February 4, 1916. However, it wasn’t until eleven months later that the 202nd Battalion was finally ready to go to France and fight as Alberta’s fifth battalion of infantry and the second battalion primarily from the Edmonton area to be deployed as a unit. Heavy Canadian casualties and a dearth of recruits in 1917 cancelled that plan.

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World War 1 Remembered - 196th (Western Universities) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1916 Q4

October 13, 2016
Last Updated on: January 5, 2017


1916 – October to December

The 196th Battalion was the only Canadian infantry battalion in the Canadian Expeditionary Force raised by universities and largely composed of university staff and students. The universities involved were from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. The University of Alberta’s President, Henry Marshall Tory, played a significant part in the initial planning and recruiting for the battalion, particularly the U of A’s contribution to it.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1916 Q4

October 13, 2016
Last Updated on: January 4, 2017


1916 – October to December

During the final quarter of 1916 the 49th Battalion continued to fight in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme. Most significant was the battalion’s part in the Battle of the Ancre Heights (Regina Trench system) followed by its move to the Vimy Ridge sector.

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World War 1 Remembered - XI Canadian Field Ambulance (Western Universities) - 1916 Q3

July 27, 2016
Last Updated on: October 13, 2016


1916 – July to September

Trench warfare resulted in many casualties, mostly from enemy action but also from illness and injury. There was a system in place to handle these casualties starting with each forward unit’s regimental aid post (R.A.P.) operated by the unit’s Medical Officer (MO). From there, as necessary, casualties would be moved back through a series of stations where they were further assessed and treated. These included advanced dressing stations (A.D.S.), casualty clearing stations (C.C.S.) and main dressing stations (M.D.S.). The handling of casualties from the R.A.P. back to the M.D.S. was the job of the Field Ambulance units, part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps (C.A.M.C.).

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