TOPIC: The Battle of the Somme was the first bloodbath of the Great War for the British Empire. Day 1 cost 20,000 British (and Newfoundlander) deaths, and over the next weeks thousands would fall for minor gains. For the Canadians The Somme would lead to 24,000 dead, wounded and missing for a village and a few farmer’s fields. The attack was also the first use of tanks, and was important for the bloody lessons that were taught. Canada would take The Somme hammering to learn and plan for their next battle for Vimy Ridge. Those interested in history and are in the Ottawa area are welcome to join our History Event. If you have items to sell, trade or buy, bring them along. There will be free tables, and a bar. Let’s save Canadian History!
COME ON OTTAWA; JOIN THE 77TH OVERSEAS BATT’N CLUB
At 1 pm: “James Fitzpatrick: Eat, Drink, and be Merry, For Tomorrow You Die!”. The Indispensable Role of Alcohol in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In a conflict where the endurance of appalling conditions meant the difference between victory and defeat, alcohol was an integral component of maintaining a fighting spirit. It bolstered morale, aided in maintaining discipline, the facilitation of camaraderie, and the endurance of harsh battlefield conditions. Grab a pint and settle in to hear the story of how drink helped propel Canada to victory.
At 2 pm: Norm will present “The Battle of The Somme”.