Online Meeting – Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 – 10:30am

Battlefield Explorer and Researcher Michel Gravel presents on “the Canadian Battles along the Arras-Cambrai road in France.”

Since 2001 Michel has studied the Canadian Battles along the Arras-Cambrai road in France. He has written nine books on the subject since 2006. One was published by CEF books in 2006, and three have been published, in French, by Ysec Editions in Normandy, France. A fourth will be published next April and three more volumes, one every year (which are already written) after that. Michel is likely Canada’s most knowledgeable authority on the Arras-Cambrai road in 1918. He has given numerous tours along the road since 2003 and his work encouraged the locals to rename it: ‘Canada’s Highway of Heroes’. There is a signboard now at the entrance of Vis-en-Artois, on the Cambrai road. Michel is quick to point out that 7,000 Canadians died along the road in August-October, 1918, half of the dead are buried along this road, hence his ‘push’ to commemorate this road.

The presentation is about the first liberated village in 1918, on any part of the front, to have a civilian population freed by allied soldiers. It was Ecourt-St-Quentin, behind the Drocourt-Queant Line, fleetingly liberated by the 87th Canadians CGG. Years of research on the ground has generated information that Michel will present and that he considers his finest piece of journalism.

The Western Front Association is a non-political group of like minded individuals who seek to share and preserve the stories of that chapter of history known as The Great War. All are welcome.

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