15 September 2008

Upcoming lecture on Canada's Last 100 Days

Sorry for the short notice on this one - Norman Leach e-mailed me some time ago to inform me that he would be speaking on "Canada's Last 100 Days" at The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, 18 September, at 1930 hours ($10 admission).  As the press release notes:
"By July 1918 the names were legendary - Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele.  These battles seemed impossible to win until the Canadian Expeditionary Force moved to the Front.  The Canadian Corps, led by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, proved unstoppable.  In fact, the German infantry referred to the Canadians as "storm troopers" because "we can stop the British and we can stop the Australians but we cannot stop the Canadians - they come on like a storm."  Unsurprisingly, when British Field Marshall Haig needed a victory in August 1918 at Amiens, the Canadians were once again called to the Front and given the most distant objectives.  So began the march to Mons and the campaign that ended the First World War - The Last 100 Days.  Historian Norman Leach will take participants on a story-filled journey with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as it marched to victory on 11 November 1918."
Norman is an associate editor with Honour magazine ad the author of Passchendaele: Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders, Broken Arrow, Great Military Leaders and Canadian Peacekeepers.  He was also the lead historian for the recently-released film Passchendaele.

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