Canada 150 - C and E Battlefield Study

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The Government of Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with commemorative ceremonies on 9 April, 2017, at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Serving and retired members of the C&E Branch will attend commemorative ceremonies at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, as well as visit other key battlefield sites and war graves, as part of a joint Royal Canadian Artillery and C&E Branch battlefield study tour.

Visit this site often for emerging and developing information about the tour agenda, background study material covering both relevant operational/tactical significance and that of personnel and organizations representing the original contributing members of the current C&E Branch.

The tour will be a busy and informative trip, which visit Juno Beach and other sites in Normandy. These will include Verrieres Ridge, and the Abbaye d’Ardenne. The tour will then move to Dieppe where the beaches over which the 2nd Canadian Division stormed in August 1942 will be examined.

Then it's on to Ypres in Belgium where the tour will participate in the famous ceremony at Menin Gate. After a battlefield tour near Ypres we will move to Lille for the remainder of the trip.

The first stop will be the battlefields of the Somme, where many of the lessons were learned that made Vimy possible. The days around Vimy will be filled with ceremonies and memories including the unveiling of the new monument at Hill 70. Finally, participation in the centenary commemorative ceremonies at Vimy Ridge will complete the tour agenda.

In order to support the Study, research material is available on RCSigs.ca for the locations, soldiers and events that will be discussed and visited during the trip. Whether or not you're going on the trip, please consider contributing any additional research to the site so that everyone can benefit from this experience. Contributions can be emailed to rcsigs@rcsigs.ca.

Cemeteries

As part of the battlefield study the following cemeteries are expected to be visited. Each cemetery/memorial page lists the Signals soldiers that are buried or commemorated there.

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery
Vimy Memorial
Menin Gate Memorial

Battles

As part of the battlefield study the following battles and events are expected to be researched and discussed in the context of Signals:

Dieppe Raid
D-Day landings
Hill 70
Battle of Vimy Ridge

Relevant Site Content

For a collection of material on this site covering the Great War, please see the Great War 1914-1918 Era Portal.