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WWI Battles

Some books focus on the significant battles and actions of World War One, including ones which were important to Canadian fighters. Here is a sample of them available at your library.


At Vimy Ridge: Canada's Greatest World War I Victory

This was an important battle for Canada. They took the ridge from Germany when more experienced soldiers from France and Britain could not. This book by Hugh Brewster is gripping and highly illustrated. It won the Norma Fleck Award for best non-fiction of the year.
grades 3-8


Canada in World War I: Oustanding Victories Create a Nation

Read about Canada's flying ace Billy Bishop, the victories of the Canadian "shock troops" at Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele which helped give Canada a presence on the world stage.

grades 5 - 8 


Canadian Battles

This book examines the battles in which Canadians fought, including the Second Battle of Ypres, the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele. It also provides many other details such as profiles of the Canadian leaders, battle preparations, statistics and more.

grades 4 and up

From Vimy to Victory: Canada's Fight to the Finish in World War I

The story of how Canadians earned the reputation as soldiers who could "get it done" began with their success at Vimy and continued throughout the final difficult years of the war. Archival photos and details from actual soldier's letters and memoirs enhance this story which is depicted in a scrapbook style.

grades 3 - 8

Key Battles of World War I

Provides in-depth background information and detailed descriptions of the key battles of the Great War. It considers the reasons for war, the issues at stake, the people involved, the aftermath and the consequences.

grades 5 and up


La Bataille de Vimy: L'exploit des Canadiens

Lors de la bataille de Vimy, les Canadiens ont realise ce que soldats francais et britannique, pourtant plus experimentes n'avaient pas su faire. Ils on vaincu les Allemands et pris la position strategique de la crete de Vimy. C'etait la premiere fois que des soldats Canadiens combattaient au nom de leur pays.

grades 3 - 8

Passchendaele: Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders

This fully illustrated and accessible book details the battle for the Belgian town of Passchendaele, one of the most challenging and significant tests of courage and strategy for the Canadian forces. They succeeded under terrible circumstances where others had failed, however the costs were very high - 16,000 casualties .
grades 7 and up

For a detailed chronicle of all the battles and time-lines of who did what when and where, check out the multimedia site

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