100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 100.
Elements of the 5th Canadian Divisional Artillery (C.D.A.) attend a birthday celebration mass for King Albert I at the church in Thulin, Belgium. In the morning, Lt-Gen Sir Arthur Currie attends the official entry of the Army Commander (General Horne) in Grand Place, Mons, after which he attended an "At Home" given by the 3rd Canadian Division in the afternoon, Friday, 15th November 1918.
This version of Canada's Hundred Days will continue for two more days, when on 18th November 1918, the March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany will begin. The British Second Army, with General Sir Henry Rawlinson in command, was tasked with establishing bridgeheads over the Rhine at Cologne and Bonn, yet it was Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie who was given the honour of leading the march due to his exceptional command and performance of the Canadian Corps during the Great War, and Currie selected the 1st and 2nd Canadian Divisions, along with the 5th C.D.A., to lead the way.
The March to the Rhine occupies 26 days of November and December 1918. The Allied Occupation of Germany, ends 30th June 1930, but the Canadian Corps participation in which ends 10th January 1918, thus providing a further 28 days for the Canadian occupation, after which elements of the 1st and 2nd Cdn Div along with the C.D.A., will be spending another 115 days in Belgium before they finally begin their trip home.
61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.
Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
No diary entry today