'If we do this, we do it properly: The Canadian Corps at Passchendaele 1917' by Rob Thompson
From 08 July 2017 13:30 until 14:30
At Manor School
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
The Canadian Corps was transferred to the Ypres Salient from Lens in mid October to capture Passchendaele and the ridge. The Canadians relieved soon discovered that the front line was very familiar as it was much the same as that occupied by the1st Canadian Divisionin April 1915.
The initial Canadian operation was to take place on 26 October, when the 3rd Canadian Division captured its objective at Wolf Copse.
The second attack began on 30 October, to complete the previous stage and gain a base for the final assault on Passchendaele. Although they quickly captured Crest Farm, the attack on the northern flank met with exceptional German resistance.
Three rainless days in early November helped preparation for the next stage, which began on the morning of 6 November. In less than three hours the 1st Canadian Division and the2nd Canadian Division reached their final objectives and Passchendaele was captured.
Why was the Canadian Corps so successful? In this presentation Rob Thompson will explore the background of the CEF and examine the reasons for its achievements.
Rob Thompson will be giving his lecture at The Western Front Association's National York Conference on 8 July.