Great War Centennial Project

As many of you know, this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War (later re-named World War I). The Great War was profoundly significant in the history of our country and in the formation of The Royal Canadian Legion. As such, it is appropriate to mark the centennial of this war, and reflect on its costs and repercussions for society.

Starting on August 4, 2014 (the 100 year anniversary of the British Empire’s declaration of war against the German Empire) we will post on our command blog, in chronological order, original documents from the era such as letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles along with a short, contextualizing explanation for each. We hope members will visit the website and read these fascinating stories.

Dear Old Blighty – July 10, 1915+

If there was one thing almost every British soldier on the Western Front wanted, it was a “Blighty”. Allegedly an...

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Cogs in the Machinery of War – June 24, 1915+

It was 10:00pm on a warm June night when a shrill blast from a steam whistle shattered the evening calm....

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A Brick Wall – May 13, 1915+

On May 13th 1915, a young Private named Horace Buckshaw sat in a trench and wrote in his diary: “Enjoyed...

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The Gloves Come Off – April 30, 1915+

Continued from “Choking on Desperation”: Night was falling on the Ypres salient late on April 22nd, 1915. After the first...

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Choking on Desperation – April 22, 1915+

Nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal. Desperation kicks in and lends an aggression and ferocity it might not...

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Broken Historical Furniture – March 30, 1915+

Helena Jabłońska didn’t really have an extraordinary life. She lived in a city called Przemyśl (pronounced Prishemysil) in Galicia, an...

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