Privations at home mix with death and stalemates all along the Western Front,
then a Canadian-assisted victory.
Women fill in for men, Canadian industry churns out munitions and a government
copes with mounting debt and resentment.
Newly-trained Canadian troops get a baptism of fire in September, 1914, during
the harshest bombardment of the war.
Sent into a dangerous bulge in the German frontline, Canadian troops face the
first use chlorine gas on the Western Front.
Almost an entire regiment of Newfoundlanders is wiped out in a battle that reveals
the limitation of British tactics.
Vimy Ridge, Arras
After careful planning and rehearsal the Canadian Corps' four divisions take
a strategic ridge thought uncapturable.
Canadians are mired in a three-month long assault in deadly mud and enemy fire
with little gain to show for the deaths.
Hundred Days Offensive
In the final days of the war, Canadians play a decisive role in battle after
battle against an overextended German army.
The War Years
The Great War began with Canadian patriotism
and enthusiasm. But as thousands upon thousands of Canadian men die in the blood,
bombs and fire of battle after battle on the Western Front, the country grows
weary and heartsick. Only brilliant strategies by Arthur Currie and Canadian
valour bring the war to a close four years later.