Saw­dust Fusiliers

Canada's History - - TRADING POST -

Dur­ing the First World War, the 224th Cana­dian Forestry Corps cut and pre­pared tim­ber in Eng­land and Scot­land to help with the war ef­fort. Formed in the fall of 1916, the corps also helped to clear land for aero­dromes and run­ways, man­u­fac­tured rail ties, and re­moved trees for new road con­struc­tion. By the end of the war, more than thirty-five thou­sand men had served in the corps, in­clud­ing a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of In­dige­nous Cana­di­ans. The corps was dis­banded in 1920 but was re­formed in May 1940. Known af­fec­tion­ately as the “Saw­dust Fusiliers,” the corps op­er­ated for the du­ra­tion of the Sec­ond World War.

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