The drive towards Cambrai had started with the Battle of Arras and led to the Battle Of The Canal du Nord, a breakthrough made by the Canadians, acting as the spearhead of the British First Army, on September 27th, 1918. Engineering crews were vital in enabling the combined arms assault that saw the Canadians breach the last defensive line before Cambrai and a major part of the Hindenburg Line.
The Battle of Cambrai as it unfolded ended with the Allies liberating the city on October 11th. Photographs of the battle and its aftermath were on the walls here.
This panel, accompanied by medals, tells of Captain John McGregor, a Victoria Cross winner who showed exceptional courage in the fights around Cambrai, and surviving the war.
In the heart of this space is a Vickers machine gun. These were operated by a crew of three, and proved to be vital in the Cambrai campaign in repelling German counter attacks.
With Cambrai liberated and the remnants of the German army falling back before the Allies across the line, the final stage of the war was next to be presented in this exhibit. Canadians moved into Belgium in the final month of the war, towards the city of Mons.
For today I leave off with this print by Paul Nash, part of the Museum's collection. Men Marching At Night is its title.