Talk:Battle of the Canal du Nord

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Canal constructed 1918?[edit]

I find it unlikely that the canal was dug in German-occupied territory in the middle of war. I think the construction began before the war but was suspended when the Germans occupied the region in 1914. Indefatigable (talk) 22:10, 6 January 2008 (UTC)


If Lord Gort won his VC here, then why does this article imply that Canadian Soldiers did all the fighting? Surely other Allied troops were there in some sort of combat capacity? Dom 15:42 13 March 2008 (GMT)

True. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the information necessary to add all of the details to the article (my perspective on the article is limited to Canadian History) Cheers! Cam (Chat) 05:20, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
I am beginning to add additional information about the Canal du Nord attack including participants other than the Canadian Corps. Most of the frontal attack was the Canadian Corps, other units were principally involved as the units fanned out after crossing the un-flooded portion of the terrain.--Labattblueboy 23:26, 10 June 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Labattblueboy (talkcontribs)

British Involvement[edit]

My grandfather was a carpenter in the Royal Engineers. His diary entry for 27th September 1918 says "...we went up the line to bridge the Canal-du-Nord". I've read about Canadians being involved in bridging the Canal du Nord, but nothing about the British role. It's not clear to me whether he was helping Canadian engineers or if the British independently bridged the Canal. (Davidwalker611 (talk) 11:49, 26 November 2008 (UTC))

In addition to the Canadian Corps 12 Engineer battalions, 4 specialist bridging units and 4 pioneer battalions... the engineer battalion and pioneer battalion of the 11th British Division were involved in bridging the canal. Was your grandfather with the 11th Division Davidwalker611?

By 9:00 AM 4 two way bridges were completed, 3 elaborate trestle bridges by 6 PM and 3 heavy railway bridges for artillery resupply by the following morning. Plus, this was not really a night attack but started 5:20 AM on the 27th.

The 11th British Division filled in for the 2nd Canadian division, who was licking it’s wounds, during the attack on the Canal du Nord. The neighbouring corps found their own way east from their starting lines. On the Canadians Corps right was the XVII Corps of the Third Army and to the north was the XXII Corps of the First Army.

27 Divisions of the First and Third Armies attacked on Sept. 27 on a 14 mile front. The Canadians were the spearhead of this attack at the Canal du Nord. The XXII Corps started a diversionary attack to draw the German's attention away from the Canadian front. The rest is history.(Brocky44 (talk) 05:56, 21 January 2009 (UTC))

Working towards GA[edit]

I am intent of getting this article up to GA. I have already made some progress but I could use help in getting information on the German side and the advance of XVII Corps of the British Third Army. Labattblueboy (talk) 14:11, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

infoxbox photo of bridge[edit]

Any opposition me me removing the mention that the bridge in the infobox is an Inglis Mk1.-Labattblueboy (talk) 03:53, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

List of Corps commanders[edit]

I undid an edit that inserted Canadian Corps commander Currie into the infobox because it seemed best to include no Corps commanders or all of them. Canadian Corps was the leading edge, however VII and XXII Corps supported with minor engagements and XVII, VI and IV Corps involved with exploitation efforts.--Labattblueboy (talk) 21:08, 26 April 2015 (UTC)