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Salvage Work on the Canadian Front

The Film











Running Time
08 min 39 s

Canadian War Records Office, Ministry of Information

No one could suggest that any army was a “green” organization; nonetheless, the Canadian Corps ran major recycling programs with the object of re-using and salvaging whatever it could. Everything from rifles to water bottles to wooden crates was collected and re-used. Enemy weapons similarly were gathered on the battlefield, some used to train Canadian and British troops in their use so that in the next offensive German artillery and machine guns could be turned on their former owners. Other captured weaponry ended up in Canada as war trophies. The Corps’ salvage operation was large and effective, so much so that General Sir Julian Byng, the former Canadian Corps commander and by 1918 a successful Army commander, paid a visit to one salvage depot.

Pieces of History

Artillery: The Great Killer

Canadian Small Arms of the First World War

Military Logistics of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914–1919


General Currie Examines the Canons Captured by the Canadians

Other Materials

After Amiens

Teaching Materials

Sounds Like Machine Guns