World War I – Letters from a Canadian Soldier


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World War I – Letters from a Canadian Soldier
By all accounts, World War I was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. During the course of the war, the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF) alone suffered more than 60,000 deaths.1 Although thousands of Canadian soldiers entered the war harboring chivalric notions about honor and battlefield heroics, idealistic expectations would soon be reconciled with the horrific realities of trench warfare. The following presentation provides a series of letters from one soldier to his family in December, 1917. These letters describe this soldier’s experiences from the Canadian perspective.
December 2, 1917
My Dearest Mother,
The long affair in Passchendaele has now come to a close. It was a...
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