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Disposition - Donald Fraser - We were there

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[Disposition of Canadian Corps at Zero Hour, 9th April, 1917]. --[Various scales]. --Ottawa: Geographical Section, General Staff, Dept. of National Defence, [192-].
Acting together for the first time as a single fighting force, the four Canadian divisions advanced across the cratered, debris-strewn ground towards Vimy Ridge in a "leap frog" system. The first units, totalling 8,000 men, were to reach the black line along the rear of the German forward trenches and then push forward to the red line. After a pause to enable reserve units to move up, the barrage started again to allow the reserve units to push beyond the red line to the blue line. The plan was repeated again for the brown line.

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