Montreal at War 1914-1918

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Montreal at War 1914-1918
The author outlines the story of the ways in which Anglophone and Francophone citizens of Montreal responded to the challenges of the First World War. His narrative begins with an introduction to the city and its communities in the first years of the twentieth century. It then focuses more closely on events in the first eight months of 1914 before examining the initial response to the outbreak of war in Europe and the process of raising an army for service overseas. The shock of intense combat and heavy casualties in the Ypres Salient and the reaction to the sinking of the Lusitania form a coherent section followed by detailed study of the mobilization of volunteers in 1915 and 1916. A chapter titled Attrition traces the experience of battalions raised in Montreal from June 1916 to the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The central issue of 1917, conscription, is described in the context of both national and local developments. A chapter on 1918 discusses the experience of both the army overseas and civilians at home. A final chapter offers an overview of the impact of the war on Montreal and presents tentative answers to questions raised by the research.
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Electronic monograph
Copp, Terry. “Montreal at War 1914-1918.” Electronic monograph. Last modified 2018.
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