Battle Lines: Eyewitness Accounts from Canada's Military History

An striking choice of firsthand bills from front strains of our army heritage, drawn from letters, diaries, and reportage from the Plains of Abraham and the purple River uprising to the battlefields of 2 international wars and Korea, in addition to the harrowing missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan. this can be a publication that animates our earlier within the phrases of these who lived the Canadian army experience.

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Reached Biscotasing approximately 6 P. M. Tea, bread and chunks of pork served us at railway camp for our supper. An lousy scramble is attending to the tables in simple terms seating forty at a time. Trains moved off at eight. April 8—Had a greater night’s sleep so felt larger. Making solid time at the street. Reached hole No. 1 at 10 A. M. and took to sleighs. came across the roads very undesirable; for a couple of miles; deep snow, yet received higher as we went. a few locations snow 3 toes deep, different areas fairly naked. All day. Reached railway contractor’s log camp the place they'd tea ready for us. All very hungry, having had no dinner. After tea replaced horses and drove on. Reached finish of the 1st hole, forty five miles, at 2:30 within the morning. All completely satisfied to recover from so quick, yet so chilly. Made the easiest of it round the fires that have been lighted for us by way of railway males, and within the open bush. April 9—Did no longer suppose particularly myself, having had no sleep, yet after a breakfast of hardtack and tea felt alright. A educate of flat vehicles boarded up on the facets subsidized in for us. Then all aboard, and we have been off on a chilly experience westward to subsequent hole, eighty five miles far-off. All in solid spirits notwithstanding it was once so chilly. the buzz of being jolted and jerked approximately over the tough highway stored up a few stream. Had hardtack and cheese and tea (made from sizzling faucet at the engine). Reached hole No. 2 simply at darkish; had a mile to march to get to our quarters for the evening: “Hell-Fire-Bay” it used to be named, at the north shore of Lake more suitable, consisted of a few huge tents for napping quarters for a few; others within the carry of a schooner. All had tea at approximately nighttime, in simple terms approximately 50 having the ability to get to the tables at a time. Lou Macdougald and that i might in simple terms locate snoozing house within the blacksmith store, slept with our heads opposed to the anvil for pillow. April 10—Up early to discover it snowing and blowing like fury, yet inspite of all of it, will march over the space, no longer having good enough groups to take our bags. All needed to march. At eight A. M. we struck westward over the ice of a giant bay of Lake more advantageous. Very quickly each guy used to be rainy to the knees, with snow and water less than the snow, for 22 miles. advisor took us the opposite direction, making our march 3 miles longer. We males simply desired to lynch him. Reached finish of hole No. 2 at three P. M. , had dinner and took to flat automobiles back. one other chilly journey for forty three miles. Arrived at tremendous camp at Jack Fish Bay, starting of hole No. three, a really cozy camp. April 11—Had an excellent night’s sleep, we all. Had my blanket stolen so needed to make the simplest of my overcoat. We right here lose an afternoon. groups now not lower back from taking the sixty fifth French Battalion throughout Jack Fish Bay. climate very stormy, snowing and blowing all day. Col. George T. Denison’s Cavalry Corps arrived in camp in the direction of night. All day had a deal of ready and scrambling over getting foodstuff, the chefs at every one meal with the ability to seat in basic terms approximately 60 on the tables at a time. I slept in an incredible shop shed that evening. Smells and scents. bought note that groups had simply bought again, nine P. M. , able to take us on within the morning. April 12—All off over the space, approximately a hundred and twenty groups conveying us over the 20 miles.

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