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15-25 August 1917

Battle of Hill 70

Rosalie
Rosalie
A soldier rifle carved with the names of all the battles he and/or the 22nd Battalion fought in.
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LAC Photos
LAC Photos
Photographs of the Lens/Loos area before, during and after the victory
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War Art
War Art
An artistic collection and documentary history of the war.
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Story Robe
Story Robe
Used by First Nations people to record important battles
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The First World War Deeds of Corporal Mike Mountain Horse
The First World War Deeds of Corporal Mike Mountain Horse
No. 1: August 21st, 1917 The 50th battalion of Calgary attacked the german [sic] trenches. Corporal Mike Mountain Horse, led his machine gun section on an old building, behind the German defence
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The Story of Mike Mountain Horse
The Story of Mike Mountain Horse
In 1917, the average Canadian soldier was of British descent, Christian and English-speaking, but Mike Mountain Horse was not an average soldier. He was a member of the First Nations Blood Tribe
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Battle Maps
Battle Maps
Battle Maps showing the before during and CEF positions.
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Aerial Map
Aerial Map
The introduction of aircraft in WWI resulted in the development of aerial mapping, which was essential for the artillery to be able to range the guns accurately on identifiable
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Creeping Barrage
Creeping Barrage
First used at the Battle of the Somme, a creeping barrage involved artillery fire moving forward in stages just ahead of the advancing infantry. This was employed with great results
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Trench Map
Trench Map
The positions of trenches, both German and Canadian, were superimposed on topographical maps for use in the attack on Hill 70
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Hill 70 Map
Hill 70 Map
This map shows the various elements of the Canadian Corps as they advanced from their lines on August 15th, 1917
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In a matter of hours the Canadian Corps captured and held all their objectives on Hill 70. In the following days, twenty-one German counter-attacks were launched against Hill 70; all of them defeated by Canadian guns, heart, and courage.

 
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