The "Great War", 1914 - 1918, was the second overseas conflict in which Canada played a major part. It is a most vital incident in the national history of Canada and, and quite apart from its purely military importance, one with which every Canadian soldier and citizen certainly ought to be well acquainted.
The Canadian Army made its contribution almost entirely on the western front. The operations of 1915-1918 there have been regarded, with reason, as generally uninspired and conveying only negative lessons to the strategist and the tactician. The battle here described, however, was conducted with greater skill and imagination than earlier ones and proved to be the beginning of a series of victories which led directly to the Armistice.