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Major Battles of the Western Front
Includes dates of Canadian Participation


Battle Dates of Canadian Involvement

Trench Warfare, 1915

Battle of Neuve Chapelle

March 10

Action of St Eloi

March 14-15

Battle of Ypres

  • Gravenstafel Ridge (The Gas Attack)
  • St. Julien
  • Frezenberg Ridge
  • Bellewaarde Ridge

April 22 -May 25

Photo: Cloth Hall Tower, Ypres, [ca. 1918]
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Cloth Hall Tower, Ypres, [ca. 1918]
Photographer Unknown
Canadian Expeditionary Force albums
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 224-0-0-9-1
Archives of Ontario, I0004760

Battle of Aubers Ridge

May 9

Battle of Festubert

May 17 - May 25

Second Action of Givenchy, 1915

June 15-16

Battle of Loos

  • Action of Bois is Grenier

September 25 -October 8

Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt

October 13 -19

Trench Warfare, 1916

Actions of St. Eloi Craters

March 27 - 16 April 16

Battle of Mount Sorrel

June 2 - June 13

The Allied Offensive, 1916

The Battles of the Somme

  • Albert, 1916
  • Bazentin Ridge
  • Attack at Fromelles
  • Attacks on High Wood
  • Pozieres Ridge
  • Guillemont
  • Ginchy
  • Flers-Courcelette
  • Thiepval Ridge
  • Le Transloy Ridges
  • Ancre Heights
  • The Ancre, 1916

July 1 - November 18

The Advance to the Hindenburg Line 1917

German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line

March 24 - 29

The Allied Offensive, 1917

Battle of Arras, 1917

  • Vimy Ridge
  • First Scarpe, 1917
  • Second Scarpe, 1917
  • Attack on la Coulotte
  • Third Scarpe, 1917 (Capture of Fresnoy)

April 9 - May 4

Photo: The taking of Vimy Ridge, Canadian Field Artillery bringing up the guns, 1917
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The taking of Vimy Ridge, Canadian Field Artillery bringing up the guns, 1917
Unknown photographerher
Black and white print
Canadian Expeditionary Force albums
Reference Code: C 224-0-0-9-30
Archives of Ontario, I0004789

Photo: The taking of Vimy Ridge, parties of Germans leaving their dugouts as Canadians advance, 1917
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The taking of Vimy Ridge, parties of Germans leaving their dugouts as Canadians advance, 1917
Unknown photographerher
Black and white print
Canadian Expeditionary Force albums
Reference Code: C 224-0-0-9-31
Archives of Ontario, I0004790

Affairs South of the Souchez River

June 3 - 25

Capture of Avion

June 26 - 29

Battle of Hill 70

August 15 - 25

The Battle of Messines, 1917 (Capture of Wytschaete)

June 7-14

The Battles of Ypres, 1917

  • The Battles of Ypres, 1917
  • Pilckem Ridge
  • Langemarck, 1917
  • Menin Road Ridge
  • Polygon Wood
  • Broodseinde
  • Poelcappelle
  • First Passchendaele
  • Second Passchendaele

July 31 - November 10

Battle of Cambrai, 1917

  • The Tank Attack
  • Capture of Bourlon Wood
  • The German Counter-Attacks
    The German Offensives, 1918

November 20 - December 3

The German Offensive 1918

The First Battles of the Somme, 1918

  • St. Quentin
  • Actions at the Somme Crossings
  • First Bapaume
  • Rosieres
  • First Arras, 1918
  • Avre

March 21 - April 4

Capture of Hamel

July 4

The Battle of the Lys

  • Estaires (First Defence of Givenchy, 1918)
  • Messines, 1918 (Loss of Hill 63)
  • Hazebrouck
  • Bailleul (Defence of Neuve Eglise)
  • First Kemmel Ridge

April 9 - 19

Action of La Becque

June 28

The Advance to Victory, 1918

Battle of Amiens

August 8 - 11

Actions round Damery

August 15-17

The Second Battles of the Somme, 1918

  • Albert, 1918
  • Second Bapaume

August 21 - September 3

The Second Battles of Arras

  • Scarpe, 1918 (Capture of Monchy-le-Preux)
  • Drocourt-Queant Canal

August 26 - September 3

The Battles of the Hindenburg Line

  • Havrincourt
  • Epehy
  • Canal du Nord (Capture of Bourlon Wood)
  • St. Quentin Canal
  • Beaurevoir Line
  • Cambrai, 1918 (Capture of Cambrai)

September 12 - October 9

Battle of Ypres, 1918

September 28 - October 2

Pursuit to the Selle

October 9-12

Battle of the Courtrai

October 14-19

Battle of the Selle

October 17-25

Battle of Valenciennes (Capture of Mont Houy)

November 1 - 2

Battle of the Sambre

November 4

Passage of the Grande Honnelle

November 5 - 7

Capture of Mons

November 11

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales taking a walk in Mons [ca. 1918] Unknown photographer
Black and white print
Canadian Expeditionary Force albums
Reference Code: C 224-0-0-10-45
Archives of Ontario, I0004855

*Adapted from, Col. G.W.L. Nicholson, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919: The Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War (Ottawa, 1964), 554-556.

Photo: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales taking a walk in Mons [ca. 1918]