Canadian troops in West Flanders, Belgium near Ypres and Albert during World War 1. An animated map shows the region and the Somme River. Canadian troops hunkered down in grass and shrubs on a hill overlooking flat terrain. Shells exploding on horizon in background. A large contingent of Canadian troops marching downhill with left-shouldered arms. Senior officers walk out of a courtyard gate. Next, General Sir Sam Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence, is seen shaking hands with several officers. Scene shifts, after he greets only two, and shows Canadian troops marching in platoons along a dusty road. Next, Canadian soldiers are seen moving supplies by horse-drawn wagons along a tree-lined road leading into a town. Final scenes show the war-damaged Albert Basilica. The camera pans upward, along its tower, to the Golden Virgin statue at its top, which is leaning precariously to one side, almost falling off its base. (The statue became the subject of British superstition that the war would end when the statue fell. But British artillery, itself, knocked it down while targeting the tower to prevent its use by the Germans as an observation post, during the 1918 Spring offensive)
Canadian troops in West Flanders Belgium during World War I. The troops load shells onto a rail car. The shells are stacked next to a rail track. The troops with horse carts ride on a dirt road. They walk in trenches. View of the battlefield. Line of Canadian troops in an offensive charge run through smoke during battle and leap over a trench.
King George V of the United Kingdom on horseback reviews World War 1 troops in West Flanders province of Belgium. Canadian troops on foot and on horseback pass in review with arms and artillery. Brief view of Queen Mary (Mary of Teck; Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes) seated in a car.
Canadian troops in Ypres, Belgium (West Flanders). An animated map shows Sanctuary Wood in Ypres, Belgium. War damaged buildings in the town. A man walks through debris. The troops walk over a small bridge. Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, poses for a photograph, along with Sir Julian Bing, commanding General of the Third Army, and other officers. An animated map shows the Canadians counter attacking the Germans in Sanctuary Wood in the June 1916 Battle of Mount Sorrel. Fallen trees. A cemetery with a cross in the bushes.
A line of British cavalrymen ride down a hillside, single-file, in Flanders, Belgium, during World War 1. A German shell explodes near the cavalry column, just as two of the British soldiers on horseback pass the spot. After the smoke clears, fallen men and horses are seen on the ground. Other cavalrymen continue past them, as a British soldier, from near the camera position, runs down the hill to render aid. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
British troops near Ypres, Flanders, Belgium in World War One. Bunkers of soldiers and debris. Tin sheds of bunkers in a snow covered rocky land. Rocky terrain. Uniforms and clothes hanging to dry. Soldiers washing clothes and holding some over a fire to dry them. Views of utter destruction in Ypres, below, during World War I.