Vimy 2017The Government of Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with commemorative ceremonies on 9 April, 2017, at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Serving and retired members of the C&E Branch will attend commemorative ceremonies at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, as well as visit other key battlefield sites and war graves, as part of a joint Royal Canadian Artillery and C&E Branch battlefield study tour.  The tour is coordinated and serviced by Fields of Fire Tours: https://www.foftours.com.

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We would like to thank all the sponsors who offered their generous support for this trip. The heritage continues through our endeavours together.

See the periodic newsletter produced by Fields of Fire Tours:

Return to Vimy Newsletter No. 1

Return to Vimy Newsletter No. 2

Return to Vimy Newsletter No. 3

Other key info packages:

vimy-2017-cover

Government of Canada: Advice and Advisory on travel to France

Return to Vimy: Pre-Tour Presentations 16 Feb 2017

Know before you go – Canadian Consular Advice for Vimy 2017

Préparation au départ – Vimy-100

Prohibited Items List – Vimy-100

affiche 2 bis – Vimy-100

Vimy-100 Event Guide

VAC Vimy-100 Information and Schedule of Events

VAC Map of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial – 100th Anniversary

In preparing for training events and operations, it is common to review post exercise reports and after action reports in order to become as familiar as possible with the expected environment.  Four senior Branch members did a surprisingly similar Battlefield tour about a decade ago.  Here is a briefing presented to the Signallers’ Club of Canada, which was compiled and presented by Col (Ret’d) Jim Holsworth.  It has great photos, maps, and is directly relevant to our trip.  Sigs Club Brief May 2008

Casualty Search Results:

CasualtySearch Beny sur Mer

CasualtySearch Dieppe

CasualtySearch Menin Gate

CasualtySearch VIMY MEMORIAL

CasualtySearch Adanac

Visit this site often for emerging and developing information about the tour agenda, background study material covering both relevant operational/tactical significance and that of personnel and organizations representing the original contributing members of the current C&E Branch.

The tour will be a busy and informative trip, which will take us to Juno Beach and other sites in Normandy.  These will include Verrieres Ridge, and the Abbaye d’Ardenne. We will then move to Dieppe where we will examine the beaches over which the 2nd Canadian Division stormed in August 1942.

We will then move to Ypres in Belgium where we will participate in the famous ceremony at Menin Gate.  After a battlefield tour near Ypres we will move to Lille for the remainder of the trip.

Our first stop will be the battlefields of the Somme, where many of the lessons were learned that made Vimy possible.  Our days around Vimy will be filled with ceremonies and memories.   We will attend the unveiling of the new monument at Hill 70.  Finally, our participation in the centenary commemorative ceremonies at Vimy Ridge will complete the tour agenda.

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C&E Branch Joining Instructions/Annexes:

C_E Tour Joining Instructions for April 2017_signed

C_E Annex A – Schedule

C_E Annex B – Hotels

C_E Annex C – Nominal Roll

C_E Annex D – Room Allocation

C_E Annex E_AIR CANADA BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

C_E Annex F_AIR FRANCE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

C_E Annex G – List of participants transportation from Kingston

Commemorative Battlefield Study Tour, 1-10 April 2017 – Day by Day Schedule

Note:  This is a consolidated schedule for the joint RCA and C&E Branch tour, which includes 4 buses (up to 50 persons per bus).  Two buses are allocated to the serving and retired members of the RCA (Gunner Bus 1 and 2) and two buses are allocated to the serving and retired members of the C&E Branch (Signals Bus 1 and 2).  Buses will visit each site on a rotational basis so that we do not flood local facilities with 200 visitors en-masse.

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Look for hyper-links to detailed articles within the table below.  If you have a contribution to the articles associated with this tour, please send it via email attachment to Bob Taylor using the following submission tool:

Day Gunner Bus 1 Gunner Bus 2 Signals Bus 1 Signals Bus 2 Notes
2 April

Juno Beach

Arrival at Airport

Depart on Assigned Buses

Juno Beach Centre Outside Tour Juno Beach Centre Inside Tour Juno Beach Academy Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches Canada 150 – C&E_Battlefield Study (rcsigs.ca)

The Victory Campaign – The Operations in North-West Europe 1944-1945

La campagne de la victoire – Les opérations dans le nord-ouest de l’Europe 1944-1945

Canadian Army SIGINT in the Second World War

 

 

Juno Beach Centre Inside Tour Juno Beach Centre Outside Tour Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches Juno Beach Academy
Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches Juno Beach Academy Juno Beach Centre

Centre Juno Beach

Outside Tour

Juno Beach Centre

Centre Juno Beach

Inside Tour

Juno Beach Academy Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches Juno Beach Centre

Centre Juno Beach

Inside Tour

Juno Beach Centre

Centre Juno Beach

Outside Tour

3 April

Normandy Day

Beny Cemetery Beny Cemetery Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery

Cimetière de guerre canadien de Bény-sur-Mer

Signals graves at Beny Cemetery

Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery

Cimetière de guerre canadien de Bény-sur-Mer

Signals graves at Beny Cemetery

Group ceremony at  Beny Cemetery

Legion Magazine: “Op SPRING Pt 1”

Legion Magazine: “Op SPRING Pt 2”

Legion Magazine: “Op TOTALIZE Pt 1”

Legion Magazine: “Op TOTALIZE Pt 2”

Pegasus Bridge Abbaye d’Ardenne Carpiquet Airfield Point 67

Legion Magazine: “Flawed from the Start”

Abbaye d’Ardenne Carpiquet Airfield Point 67

Legion Magazine: “Flawed from the Start”

Pegasus Bridge

Legion Magazine: “The Airborne on D-Day”

Carpiquet Airfield Point 67 Pegasus Bridge

Legion Magazine: “The Airborne on D-Day”

Abbaye d’Ardenne

Legion Magazine: “Murder in Normandy”

Point 67 Pegasus Bridge Abbaye d’Ardenne

Abbaye d’Ardenne

Legion Magazine: “Murder in Normandy”

Carpiquet Airfield
4 April

Dieppe Day

Green Beach (Pourville) Red/White Beach (Dieppe) Blue Beach (Puys) Dieppe Memorials

Mémoriaux de Dieppe

Signals graves at Dieppe Cemetery

The Dieppe Raid

Le raid sur Dieppe

Drive to Dieppe

Dieppe Cemetery Green Beach (Pourville) Red/White Beach (Dieppe) Blue Beach (Puys)
Blue Beach (Puys) Dieppe Cemetery Green Beach (Pourville) Red/White Beach (Dieppe)
Red/White Beach (Dieppe) Blue Beach (Puys) Dieppe Memorials

Mémoriaux de Dieppe

Signals graves at Dieppe Cemetery

Green Beach (Pourville)
5 April

Ypres Day

Mont Sorrel Hill 62 Vancouver Corner (St Julian) Cloth Hall Museum Passchendaele Drive to Ypres

Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919

Le Corps Expéditionnaire Canadien 1914-1919

Guide to Sources Relating to Units of the CEF: Signal Service, Canadian Engineers

Legion Magazine: “The Creeping Barrage”

The Last Post Ceremony – Menin Gate

Passchendaele Mont Sorrel Hill 62 Vancouver Corner (St Julian) Cloth Hall Museum
Cloth Hall Museum Passchendaele Mont Sorrel Hill 62

Legion Magazine: “A Morass of Mud”

Vancouver Corner (St Julian)
Vancouver Corner (St Julian) Cloth Hall Museum Passchendaele Mont Sorrel Hill 62

Legion Magazine: “A Morass of Mud”

6 April

The Somme

Thiepeval Courcellette Adanac Cemetery

Cimetière militaire Adanac

Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel

Les batailles de la Somme et Beaumont-Hamel

Legion Magazine: “Fateful decisions on the Somme”

Advance party to coord hotels in Lille

 

Communications in the Canadian Corps: 1915-1918

Wireless Telegraphy in the Canadian Corps in France

The Great War Era: RCSigs.ca portal

Courcellette Adanac Cemetery Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel

Les batailles de la Somme et Beaumont-Hamel

Legion Magazine: “Fateful Decisions on the Somme”

Thiepeval
Adanac Cemetery Beaumont Hamel Thiepeval Courcelette Canadian Memorial

Mémorial canadien à Courcelette

Beaumont Hamel Thiepeval Courcelette Canadian Memorial

Mémorial canadien à Courcelette

Adanac Cemetery

Cimetière militaire Adanac

7 April

Vimy Battlefield Day

Notre Dame de Lorette Neuville German Cemetery The Battle at Vimy Ridge

La bataille de la créte-de-Vimy

The Sculptures on the Vimy Memorial

Lens 1915-18 Museum Legion Magazine: “From the Somme to Vimy”

 


 

Illustration map – Canadian Corps plan of attack Vimy Ridge 9 April 1917

Group dinner – C&E Branch members (Lille)

Lens 1915-18 Museum Notre Dame de Lorette Neuville German Cemetery The Battle at Vimy Ridge

La bataille de la créte-de-Vimy

La Bataille de Vimy

The Sculptures on the Vimy Memorial

Vimy Memorial Lens 1915-18 Museum Notre Dame de Lorette Neuville German Cemetery
Neuville German Cemetery Vimy Memorial Lens 1915-18 Museum Notre Dame de Lorette
8 April

Thelus

Givenchy-en-Gohelle

Amiens

 Arras 1918

Canal du Nord

Thelus Ceremony Thelus Ceremony  Arras 1918

Canal du Nord

Givenchy-en-Gohelle

Amiens

9 April

Vimy

Vimy Ceremony Vimy Ceremony Vimy Ceremony

100 anniversaire de la bataille de la crête de Vimy

Vimy Ceremony

100 anniversaire de la bataille de la crête de Vimy

10 April

Travel

Depart for Paris Depart for Paris Depart for Paris Depart for Paris

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