Tried, Tested, and Transformed
The Great War From The Perspective of Canadian Soldiers
"We were walking on dead soldiers... I saw poor fellows trying to bandage their wounds.. bombs, heavy shells were falling all over them... it is the worst sight that a man ever wants to see."
— Canadian soldier, Frank Maheux
"Trench life" was the most dangerous and stressful part of the war for me, as it was for many of my fellow troops. Being the only force to stand ground in the front lines, the Canadian army gained a strong reputation for being brave fighters. In the battle of Ypres, Canadian soldiers stood ground against poison gas. This bravery gave Canada recognition from the rest of the world. However, 1 in 5 Canadians were killed by the poison gas. I fought in various battles on the European front, including the Somme and the Ypres and the most deadly battles. I was one of the lucky ones who made it out alive.
Despite these challenges, Canadian soldiers fought and to overcome them and showed tremendous skill and teamwork in battle. Back to normal life was not an easy transition. Our jobs were not waiting for us when we came back. Women were already trained and made up much of the workforce. We were inexperienced after 4 years at war. The country was billions of dollars in debt. I was out of a job with no where to go.
A New Nation
Canadians won the war together. Though we lost many, we have united as a country to overcome the many hardships and challenges at hand. All these have shaped Canada to what it is today. May we remember all those who died. I, Felix Cullen, am proud to have served my country!