On Remembrance Day and Veterans Day we take time to remember and honor the fallen soldiers from current wars, and wars gone by. However, while we know we owe great gratitude for a what these troops have done for us, we may not know all of the amazing feats they accomplished to secure us the freedom we enjoy today.
Here are some historical moments Canadians and Americans might not know about their troops.
1. Best-Attacking Allied Troops
During World War I things were looking quite bleak for the Allied troops. However, as the war waged on, Canada began seeing some success in their battles.
Some of these included Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. Their efforts in these specific battles earned the Canadian Army the reputation of being the best-attacking Allied troops on the Western Front.
Finally, Canada had proved it was a force to be reckoned with.
2. A Shadow in the Dark
Due to the reputation the Canadian troops garnered, their presence became a warning sign for the enemy that an attack was coming. Because of this, great secrecy was needed when moving the Canadian corps.
However, this was also used as a tactical advantage for the war effort. An offensive was planned in France in August of 1918, but the Allies moved the Canadians to Ypres in Belgium.
The Germans assumed this meant an attack was heading that way and they also moved their troops to Belgium. The Canadians then secretly hurried back to the Amiens sector for the real attack.
3. Land Ho!
On June 6, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Division landed on Juno Beach in the Battle of Normandy. While airborne troops had also landed their earlier in the day, they needed the aid of the seaborne troops to make an impact.
By the end of the day, the Canadians had managed to make the deepest penetration inland out of any of the five seaborne invasion forces. The continued to go on to play an important role in the subsequent fighting in Normandy.
4. Up to Date
Canada has been on the ground in Afghanistan since 2001. Their most difficult and deadly mission was their third phase mission which sent Canadian troops to Kandahar in 2007.
They had been locked in combat with the insurgents, and they were dying at twice the rate of the American and British troops in other parts of the same country. While the deaths would have been difficult to predict, without Canada’s presence Kandahar would have been lost.