GREAT WAR TIME­LINE

Canada's History - - THE PACKET -

JUNE 28, 1914 SPARK IG­NITED

Long-sim­mer­ing con­flicts be­tween the Euro­pean pow­ers boil over after the as­sas­si­na­tion of Arch­duke Franz Fer­di­nand of Aus­tria.

AU­GUST 4, 1914 WAR DE­CLARED

When Bri­tain de­clares war, all of its colonies and do­min­ions, in­clud­ing Canada, are au­to­mat­i­cally drawn in to the con­flict.

APRIL 22, 1915 SEC­OND BAT­TLE OF YPRES

In Canada’s first ma­jor bat­tle, sol­diers hold the line while fac­ing the first use of chlo­rine gas as a bat­tle­field weapon.

JULY 1, 1916 BEAU­MONT-HAMEL

The New­found­land Reg­i­ment suf­fers a dev­as­tat­ing loss — of 801 sol­diers, 324 are dead or miss­ing and 386 are wounded.

APRIL 9 TO 12, 1917 BAT­TLE OF VIMY RIDGE

The Cana­di­ans cap­ture the Ger­man-held strong­point. The vic­tory be­comes a sym­bol of Cana­dian iden­tity.

OCT. 26 TO NOV. 10, 1917 SEC­OND BAT­TLE OF PASSCHENDAELE

The Cana­di­ans fight in hor­ri­bly muddy con­di­tions, suf­fer­ing six­teen thou­sand ca­su­al­ties.

AUG.8 TONOV.11,1918 THE HUN­DRED DAYS

Cana­di­ans play a key role in a se­ries of bat­tles that drive back and de­feat Ger­man forces, lead­ing to the armistice on Novem­ber 11.

JUNE 28, 1919 TREATY OF VER­SAILLES

Canada is a sig­na­tory to the con­tro­ver­sial treaty that forces Ger­many to dis­arm, con­cede ter­ri­tory, and pay repa­ra­tions.

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