With historian Norm Christie as our guide we explore the battlefields, cemeteries, and monuments of the First World War. In their own words, the men who fought tell their stories, and we discover how the na?ve, amateur soldiers of 1914 became, by 1918, perhaps the most feared, efficient, and deadly Allied Corps on the Western Front the Canadian Corps.
Part 5: MASTERS of WAR
In March 1918, the Germans launch a great offensive in France and Belgium, sweeping aside British and French armies, and almost winning the war. On August 8, at Amiens in France, the Allies strike back, and the attack, spearheaded by the Canadian Corps, becomes the greatest British victory yet, reversing the tide of war. In the next 100 days, the Canadian Corps wins seemingly impossible victories at Arras, at the Canal du Nord, and at Cambrai, driving the Germans out of France. On the last day of the war, the Canadian Corps liberates the Belgian city of Mons, where British and German troops first fought in 1914. By 1918, the Canadians have become the spearhead of victory, masters of war.