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Photo - Cambrai - Canal du Nord - War Diaries - Where we fought...

Canadians entering the Square in Cambrai, October 1918.
Attacking alone at 1:30 a.m. on October 8, the Canadian 2nd Division crossed a hastily-built bridge over a canal and captured the city. Retreating German troops had set Cambrai on fire and the Canadians encountered the charred remains of what had been a great Renaissance cathedral town, which, before the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, had been the centre of a thriving textile industry.

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Canada. Department of National Defence Collection 1964-114
Photographer: William Rider-Rider (1899-1979)

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