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Valenciennes 1

The Film


Running Time
02 min 07 s

Canadian War Records Office, Ministry of Information

Canadian troops captured Valenciennes on November 1-2, 1918, taking the city at a cost of 80 killed and 300 wounded, light losses by Great War standards. The Germans suffered more, hundreds killed by artillery fire and, apparently, many by Canadian troops after they had surrendered. The Canadians, so the army’s official history puts it, were angered by the oppression under which the French had suffered during the German occupation. All sides in the Great War frequently took no prisoners.

Once the soldiers’ work was over, the dignitaries took the stage. President Poincaré of France spoke at the city square before an audience of Canadian soldiers and French civilians. There were parades, inspections by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, the Canadian Corps’ commander, and bands, with the ruins of the centre of the city clearly visible.


The Train Station, Valenciennes, 1918 General Currie, Commander of the Canadian Troops in France, and A.D.C., June 1917 Military Parade during World War I, [ca. 1918]

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Sir Arthur William Currie

Mount Houy and Valenciennes