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Creston Valley Goes to War

The Hundred Days

Casualties at Amiens

German prisoners prepare to carry British casualties on stretchers, Battle of Amiens

German troops, released from the Eastern Front by the Russian Revolution, were moved en masse to the Western Front for the Spring Offensive of 1918. It threatened to break through the Allied lines.

In response, the Allies launched a determined final offensive to end the war. In order to put as many men as possible onto the front lines, British Command issued a call for the Forestry companies to identify men for combat battalions.

Twelve of Creston's Forestry recruits served in frontline battalions during the Hundred Days offensive. Most of them served with the 47th and 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalions, which were involved in many of the final battles of the war.