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Battle of Arras 3

The Film


Running Time
08 min 23 s

Canadian War Records Office, Ministry of Information

The British advance eastward in the winter of 1917 was not a military victory, but soldiers and civilians alike rejoiced at any ground gained. The destruction wrought by the enemy, as at Arras, ought to have eliminated any such joy. Certainly it increased hatred for the enemy and the desire for vengeance.

This clip includes a fine scene of South African infantry staging a raid on an enemy trench position and returning with German prisoners.

Pieces of History

Canadian Small Arms of the First World War

Artillery: The Great Killer

Vimy Ridge


A Night Raid Rue des Grandes-Viéziers, One of Arras' Busiest Commercial Boulevards City Hall and Small Square, Arras

Other Materials

Wartime Letter from Captain Bellenden S. Hutcheson

Teaching Materials

World War I Warfare, Part A

World War I Warfare, Part B

World War I Warfare, Part C