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Manitoba’s forgotten military base near Brandon

By Derek Gagnon

One of the last trench systems of the First World War lies mostly untouched, but for the work of time that has made the trenches that zig zag across the ground into little more than ruts in places.

Gone are the sandbags, the guns and the men who once called this place home for extended periods. Continue reading Manitoba’s forgotten military base near Brandon

Remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago

Vimy Ridge is an escarpment near the town of Arras in northeastern France. The ridge rises gently on its western side, and drops more rapidly on the east. It is about seven kilometres wide, and peaks at a height of about 60 metres above the Douai Plains, offering a view far into the distance in all directions. A great lookout for troops in wartime, Vimy would be the target of a mission which saw Canada’s four Europe-based divisions, in their first battle together of the First World War, jointly serving as the major combatants against the Germans. Continue reading Remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago