N.C.O.s and Men of Canadian Cavalry Brigade waiting to vote. December, 1917.
Exactly 100 years ago, in December 1917, Canadian soldiers at the front exercised their right to vote. The fact that Canada was able to keep its democratic ideals and institutions alive even under these conditions is commendable. I suspect that no one has been happier to vote than these men as it afforded them a temporary vacation from the font line, as they were allowed to leave the trenches to go vote.
Columns of American troops move towards the front in France: they are traveling on foot, in horse drawn carts, and by train. The arrival of American troops helped turn the tide against Germany and quickly brought the war to an end.
French Artillery – Western Front
A French artillery unit struggles to emplace their gun in the soft mud of the Western front. Note the very deep ruts around the gun crew where the cannons have sunk into the mud and been dragged.
Canadian Cavalry advances on the Arras-Cambrai road. Advance East of Arras. Sept. 1918, during the Battle of Arras.
An American gunner sights his gun on the Western front. The gun is a 158 mm howitzer equipped with caterpillar like treads for transportation over the rough terrain that existed at the front. Normal wheeled artillery would get bogged down in the mud and the bomb craters.