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On the Road to Valenciennes

The Film

Year
1918

Running Time
08 min 48 s

Producer
Canadian War Records Office, Ministry of Information

After the Germans surrendered, the Allies prepared to send occupation forces into Germany. The Canadians were involved, moving troops from Mons, where they were on Armistice day, November 11, into Germany by December 4. The marching troops had many occasions to be inspected en route, parading past their commander Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. The climactic parade was on December 13, 1918, on the great bridge that spanned the Rhine at Bonn where Currie again took the salute—this was victory at last. What the soldiers wanted, of course, was to get home to Canada as quickly as possible.


Pieces of History

Canada's Mounted Troops

The Commanders


Images

The Roads of France ‘D’ The Roads of France ‘B’ General Currie, Commander of the Canadian Troops in France, and A.D.C., June 1917

Other Materials

Sir Arthur William Currie

The March to the Rhine

Letter from Sager to his family, Nov. 17, 1918