This is the uniform of a so called Bluebird, nurse Alma Finnie, who served during the war in France. The dedication of nurses in the cruelest of conditions cannot be understated.
The First World War would end in what's been called The Hundred Days: the push by Allied forces that won the war. What won it? A formula called combined-arms fighting, or the coordination of infantry, artillery, tanks, and air working together in tandem. Four years and millions of lives down the drain. If only they'd figured this out so much sooner.
Some of the weapons of the time.
While many Canadians fighting in the War were white, not all of them were.
Once the Allies had actually figured out the value of combined-arms fighting, the stalemate was broken, and the great push all along the line was unleashed. During The Hundred Days, Canadian soldiers fought battles against the Germans time and time again, pushing towards victory.
Their stories include men like Captain John MacGregor, whose bravery and leadership during this time won him distinction.
Sergeant Hugh Cairns showed that same level of bravery, but would not survive the war.
While the war would not lead to the kind of peace that could prevent another, at least for these people the Allied victory meant something: people who had been under occupation from the start, and which had been liberated by Canadians. The joy on their faces speaks volumes.
A handmade Red Ensign- the Canadian flag of that time- is seen here, a gift from the liberated.