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World War 1 Remembered - Gas Attack and the 19th Alberta Dragoons

April 11, 2015
Last Updated on: July 21, 2015

The Second Battle of Ypres raged from April 22 to May 25, 1915 and elements of the first Canadian contingent to go overseas were involved.

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World War 1 Remembered - Edmonton's 63rd and 66th Battalions

July 9, 2015
Last Updated on: July 21, 2015

In the summer of 1915, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division was about to join the 1st Division in France to form the Canadian Corps.  A third division was already in the works.  New units were needed for the expanding Corps and replacements were needed by the units already fighting in the front lines.  Across Canada new infantry battalions were being authorized to meet those needs.  In Edmonton, two new battalions started recruiting – the 63rd and the 66th.

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War Art

September 14, 2012
Last Updated on: May 4, 2015

This painting was produced by well-known Loyal Edmonton Regiment war artist Pte Freeman Lewis during the Second World War. The painting depicts the Salso Valley, a decisive point in the Sicilian campaign in the summer of 1943.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q1

January 4, 2017
Last Updated on: January 4, 2017


1917 – January to March

During the first quarter of 1917 the 49th Battalion was in the Vimy Ridge sector. January saw two tours in the front lines while February was highlighted by the departure of Lt.-Col. Greisbach and the start of preparations for the epic Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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World War 1 Remembered - 202nd (Sportsmen's) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q1

January 5, 2017
Last Updated on: January 5, 2017


1917 – January to March

Mobilization of the 202nd Battalion was authorized on February 4, 1916. However, it wasn’t until eleven months later that the 202nd Battalion was finally ready to go to France and fight as Alberta’s fifth battalion of infantry and the second battalion primarily from the Edmonton area to be deployed as a unit. Heavy Canadian casualties and a dearth of recruits in 1917 cancelled that plan.

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