Last 100 Days Symposium
Last 100 Days Symposium
On Saturday 29 Sept 2018 The Military Museums will host a one-day Symposium on the Last 100 Days of the First World War.
The Symposium includes panel discussions and lectures on the development of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the tactics, planning and leadership that led to their success during the last victorious but very costly campaign of the war.
Date: Saturday 29 Sept 2018 || 9:00AM - 4:00PM || $50 with Lunch
Where: CP Atrium Theatre
The proposed Symposium schedule is listed below.
- The Last 100 Days: Dr Geoff Jackson
- Maple Leaf Aloft: Air Power During WW1: Major W.A. March
- Canadian Sailors in WW1 Trenches: Brad Froggatt
- Indigenous Veterans in WW1: Glen Miller
- Lunch break
- Evolution of Artillery in WW1: Dave Love
- Convalescent Hospitals During WW1: William Pratt
- Jewish Veterans: Roberta Kerr
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9:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions by Doug Stinson, TMM Director
The Last 100 Days
Speaker: Dr Geoff Jackson
The lecture will examine how the Canadian Expeditionary Force as part of the larger British offensive was able to launch so many successful set piece battles in the Last Hundred Days. German defences, at least initially, were as robust in August of 1918 as they had been at any other point in the war. This lecture will examine why and how the British Expeditionary Force (focusing largely on the Canadian contingent) was largely successful in the last three months of the war.
Maple Leaf Aloft: Air Power During WW1
Speaker: Major W.A. March
Without an air force of its own during WWI, young Canadians joined the Imperial Flying Services in ever increasing numbers. As the importance of air power grew, the war in the air became every bit as brutal and deadly as the fighting on the ground. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evolution of air power during the Great War.
Canadian Sailors in WW1 Trenches
Speaker: Brad Froggatt
At the outbreak of the First World War, Canada’s Navy was only 10 years old and equipped with only two warships. Answering the call of the British Empire, many Canadians volunteered for service and found themselves in the Royal Naval Division, and fought on land in battles such as the Seige of Antwerp, Gallipoli, and the Western front including Passchendaele and the Somme.
Indigenous Veterans in WW1
Speaker: WO (Ret'd) Glen Miller
WO (Ret’d) Glenn Miller will focus his presentation on the significant contributions of Indigenous veterans in the Great War.
There will also be a short time to explore the museum.
Convalescent Hospitals During WWI
Speaker: William Pratt
The victories of the Canadian Corps in the 100 Days Campaign came with a large cost: many soldiers paid the toll with their lives or health. Will Pratt will examine the medical treatment of soldiers who returned to Southern Alberta. Military hospitals were established during the conflict to deal with cases ranging from tuberculosis to shell shock. Soldiers’ pensions and disability files are now available to explore the personal response to injury, treatment and convalescence after the battles of the Great War ceased.
Speaker: Roberta Kerr
Researcher Roberta Kerr will present a practical discussion of the unique obstacles -- and unexpected discoveries -- encountered when accessing military records for Jewish veterans of Canada's armed forces, and a brief introduction to the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta's Jewish War Veterans of World War I & II Database.
Break and Move to Cooper Key Hall
Evolution Of Artillery In WW1
Speaker: Dave Love
Through the last half of the First World War, the Canadians Corps arguably became the most effective and successful Allied formation in the use of artillery. Not only did the Canadians innovate, both in terms of science and technology and strategy, they also were quick to adopt and improve on ideas from other sources if they had merit.
Using these lessons and new ideas learned from the previous two and a half years, the Canadian Corps brought these advances to full fruition during the Final 100 days and utilized them to best support the attacking Allied forces which no longer were restricted to static trench warfare and limited movement. In describing the artillery situation during the Final 100 days, it is helpful to know how artillery evolved through the war. Dave Love will focus on these evolutionary aspects of First World War artillery in this dynamic presentation.