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Photo - A Canadian soldier enjoying the blackberries... - Canal du Nord - War Diaries - Where we fought...

A Canadian soldier enjoying the blackberries he had just gathered in Bourlon Wood, October 1918.
Once Canadian troops had crossed the Canal-du-Nord during the initial assault of the battle, they reassembled and widened their front at lightning speed from 2,600 metres to 15,000 metres in order to circle and capture Bourlon Wood. Having successfully taken the wooded area, which was teeming with German machine gun nests, they paused and prepared to press forward to Cambrai. This charming scene was photographed during a lull in the battle.

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Canada. Department of National Defence Collection 1964-114

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