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Canadian Battlefields of the First World War: A Visitor's Guide

Canadian Battlefields of the First World War: A Visitor's Guide


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This revised guide to the Canadian battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium offers a brief, critical history of the war and of Canada’s contribution, drawing attention to the best recent books on the subject. It focuses on the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, Vimy, and the “Hundred Days” battles and considers lesser-known battlefields as well. Battle maps, contemporary maps, photographs, war art, and tourist information enhance the reader experience.

In addition to its new look, this second edition features new photographs, maps, and a more-detailed history section. A new “Walking the Battlefields” feature allows visitors to follow the path of Canadian troops as they fought at Ypres, the St. Eloi Craters, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Bourlon Wood through detailed maps and unit-level text. The tour sections and references have also been updated to reflect recent developments in writing about the Great War in Canada.

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) at Wilfrid Laurier University exists to foster research, education, and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. This publication was generously funded by John and Pattie Cleghorn.

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ISBN-13: 9781926804163
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Terry Copp is the director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books and many articles on the Canadian role in the Second World War, including travel guides to the Canadian battlefields. Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy won the 2004 Distinguished Book Award for non-US history from the American Society for Military History.

Mark Osborne Humphries is Associate Professor; Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience at Wilfrid Laurier University and Director, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS). He is the author of numerous publications, including The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada (2013).

Nick Lachance is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University and a Research Assistant at LCMSDS. Many of his photos appear in this guide. Lachance’s primary responsibility was to use modern satellite images from Google Earth and rework them into the 59 historical and tour maps inside the guide.

Caitlin McWilliams is an MA (History) graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Research Associate at LCMSDS. Drawing on her educational and battlefield touring experience as well as her photography talent, McWilliams scouted, wrote, edited and/or added photographs to parts of every tour section in the guide.

Matt Symes has worked and taught extensively on the history of war and memory and is co-author of five battlefield guidebooks, including Canadian Battlefields 1915–1918: A Visitor’s Guide. Symes was co-editor (with Geoffrey Hayes and Mike Bechthold) of Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Canadian Battlefields of the First World War: A Visitor's Guide by Terry Copp, Mark Humphries, Nick Lachance, Caitlin McWilliams, and Matt Symes

Preface to the Second Edition


Canada at War

England and France 1915

Flanders Fields 1915-1916

Festubert adn Givenchy

St. Eloi Craters 1916

Mount Sorrel 1916

The Somme

Vimy and the Arras Offensive

Passchendaele 1917

Cambrai 1917

The German Spring Offensive 1918

The Battle of Amiens

The Hundred Days: Arras to Mons 1918


Notes on Battlefield Touring

Touring Flanders

Walking the Battlefields: Kitchener's Wood

Touring the Somme

Walking the Battlefields: Desire Trench

Touring Vimy

Walking the Battlefields: 3rd Division at Vimy Ridge

Touring Passchendaele

Touring Amiens

Touring Arras and Cambrai

Walking the Battlefields: Bourlon Wood

Touring Valenciennes to Mons


Official First World War Canadian Memorials

Online Resources and Image Credits

Customer Reviews