Because of the lack of international identity, Canadian units are divided and placed among other reputable Allied units. However, Canadian army fights bravely and cunningly in the war with success, showing Canadian ability to the world and obtaining great honor around the world. Among many battles Canadian had fought, Second Battle of Ypres, Battle of the Somme, Battle of Vimmy Ridge and Passchendaele are the most significant one. The Second Battle of Ypres is one of the bloodiest battles fought in WWI. Nearly six thousand Canadians were killed or injured.
With only Britain standing in the way of the German empire the stage was set for a long and gruesome battle between the two countries. Hitler thought that the British had no choice but to surrender. Although Winston Churchill opposed appeasement, Winston Churchill asked William king if he could send in some Canadian troops over to Europe to help out in the war. Immediately Canada sent 50 000 troops over to Britain to give the soldiers some help. The war was long and many lives were lost but the Canadians and the British still ended up winning the war.
Much like soldiers of today, the Canadian soldier of the First World War carried a large allotment of equipment. We will investigate the main piece of equipment of the Canadian Infantry soldier, the Ross rifle. This Veteran of the Canadian Military, both militia and professional, found it amusing to read of Hughes describing professional soldiers as parasites. As a militia officer Hughes had a definite preference for the militia over the professional soldiers under him but one must question his beliefs. How can a part time militia soldier (one who only practices soldering for a few weeks out of a year) be better at soldiering than a professional full-time soldier?
Because of the fatigue of troops and lack of supplies the bottleneck in Liege caused, the Germans had to divert East towards the River of Marne. The decision to violate Belgian neutrality ensured British intervention to protect Belgium. This presented more problems as British troops were aiding France in their conquest to expel the German belligerents. The diversion and Allied support prevented Germany from capturing France and started the Battle of Marne which ultimately caused the stalemate on the Western Front. Another cause of the stalemate on the Western Front was Germany underestimation of Russia’s mobilisation speed.
The fact that Lloyd George’s power rested on his political enemies made it very difficult to employ social and economic reforms as he would require the backing of the Conservatives. This weak political position made it virtually impossible to achieve anything during his four year post war period as Prime Minister and Lloyd George found himself in a vulnerable position where, if he wanted to do something, he would have to run it past the Conservatives, often failing, and if he did nothing the Conservatives would remove him from power. It was only a matter of time before they did. A second major reason which caused Lloyd George’s downfall in 1922 was his
When Haig discovered that the tactics he had prepared were ineffective and that there were numerous casualties, he chose not to change tactics, and instead kept using the faulty ones. According to the textbook, Haig “knew about the German dug-outs and the masses of barbed wire in front of them” but decided on using tactics that, he was aware of, may not work. This just proves that Haig was an incredibly atrocious leader as, since he was the highest rank of officer in the British army – field marshal, he was the only person who had the authority to change the tactics but resisted to and instead led his troops into their doom by knowing his tactics would not function properly but chose not to change them. As a result of this, thousands of men lost
“The Lost Battalion” Review: The main issues Major Whittlesey had to face in commanding the 308th were to lead his troops into the German lines at the Argonne forest and to keep advancing following the command given to him, also because he was promised supplies and back up, which gave him a little bit of hope at least but which he never ended up getting. Being an inexperienced army commander from New York, who managed the situation with insecurity and naïve war strategies, he was aware that this battle could result not only in the death of most of his men but also of his own. Major Whittlesey found himself in a very risky situation without any alternatives but to keep fighting: the 308th was surrounded by the Germans, in an unknown location, with only very few supplies left and thousands of his soldiers dying helpless. He also had to face problems of communication with the headquarters, because the telephone lines were so easily cut that he had to rely on pigeons and runners, which then led to miscommunication and the general did not even know his position. That’s why the supplies never reached the 308th and many of his men had to die without medical and food supplies.
Poison gas was also used at Ypres for the first time. The Germans had used chlorine gas for the first time in this war and it had badly affected Canadians because they were unaware of this new weapon. Canada has won recognition for showing courage and a reputation during the war. “For holding the line amid the gas attacks of the first critical four days of the battle, the Canadians were praised for their courage and tenacity, a reputation that would only grow as the war continued.” (Second Battle of Ypres- The Canadian Encyclopedia). Within very little time, the Canadians had lost a lot of men but through this battle they had gained a reputation as a “formidable fighting force” (Veterans Affair of Canada).
Assignment 1.1: Article Abstract and Personal Reflection on Desmond Morton’s “Canada’s Expeditionary Force: The Canadian Contingent in South Africa, 1899-1900” David Hung HIE 208: Canadian Military History January 31, 2012 In the article, “Canada’s First Expeditionary Force: The Canadian Contingent in South Africa, 1899-1900,” Desmond Morton argues that “Canadian historians have dealt with more than adequately with the political facets of that decision which led to Canada’s first direct contribution to an imperial war, but tended to forget the force...,” and, more importantly, “This indifference has obscured other precedents that would set patterns repeated in two world wars and in Korea.”[i] In short, the Boer War had set the tone for what the Canadian Military would face and endure in later conflicts. The author explores three main precedents in support of his argument, namely the nation being divided, lack of proper equipment and supply, and lack of training and discipline. His approach requires the reader to either have knowledge or to research on the later conflicts in order to convince themselves of his argument. For example rather than directly comparing the patterns seen in the later conflicts to the Boer War, the author provides an account of the Boer War and relies heavily on his sources to provide the association to complete the picture. Therefore, only after careful examination and reading of the article’s sources would one find the argument convincing.
The statement "America was conquered in Germany" means that whichever country would prove to be the most powerful in Europe would boost the rights to America since allegedly no troops where worthy enough to send them to America. Braddock’s Blundering and its Aftermath Know: Edward Braddock 6. What setbacks did the British suffer in the early years of the French and Indian War? The setbacks the British suffered early in the early years of the French Indian war due to old bullheaded General Braddock, a slow moving army due to carrying heavy artillery throughout the expidition, and a series of losses in Canada alse by George Washington. Pitt’s Palms of