On Monday 2nd September 1918, men of the Canadian Infantry attacked the formidable German strongpoint of the Drocourt-Queant line to the east of the city of Arras.
In a day of ferocious fighting, the Canadians fought their way through this masterpiece of precision German defensive engineering, successfully opening the way to the Canal du Nord and winning seven Victoria Crosses in the process.
In this episode, we look at the Hindenburg Line, its construction, function, and purpose, and then examine the fighting that took place in the days leading up to the successful Canadian assault. We hear the stories of the seven men whose actions saw them awarded the highest gallantry award there is, and hear about the unfortunate capture of a German officer that provided a senior Canadian officer with an unexpected souvenir of war.
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