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Submitted by swbarnar on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 3:37pm

In August 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Hill 70, a vital piece of ground just north of the French industrial town of Lens. The Canadians suffered some 5,400 casualties and defeated three days of determined German counter attacks. This spectacularly successful but shockingly costly battle was as innovative as Vimy, yet only a handful of Canadians have heard of it or of subsequent attempts to capture Lens, which resulted in nearly 3,300 more casualties.

Hill 70 was the first major battle that Canadian troops fought under one of their own -- Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. Currie and his staff acquitted themselves well and proved capable of planning and conducting large-scale and complex offensive operations.

Dr. Delaney will discuss this battle and its place in the pantheon of battles that helped forge the reputation of the Canadian Corps during WWI and shed light on the personalities that influenced the outcome of the battle.

Join us on October 26th at the Mewata Armoury at 8:00 pm as Professor Delaney deliver's this year's annual Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture, entitled “Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War.”

A no-host bar will open at 6:00 pm, and attendees are welcome to attend the Troops parade and Walcheren Remembrance at the invitation of the Calgary Highlanders which will commence at 7:00 pm.