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The Canadians were sent from Flanders into the line near the village of Courcelette to prepare for an attack. They suffered heavy causalities in July while preparing for the attack.

The Canadian attack was to begin on September 15th and it was to be a part of another larger attack by the British forces. This was however the first time that the Canadian forces were to fight as a corp. This attack was to be aided by two new innovations which would grow to play a large role in later successful attacks. The first was the creeping barrage which was a bombardment that started on the first line of German defenders and as the Canadians emerged form their trenches and began the advance into the destroyed and disorganized enemy defences, the barrage would also start to move further into the German lines. This was intended to deny the Germans an opportunity to recover form the barrage and re-establish their defences. The second innovation or invention was the tank. The Canadian's were given 6 of these newly produced machines and it was hoped they would lead an advance right through the German lines.

The appearance of the tanks threw the Germans into a panic and regardless of the fact that the tanks soon broke down and were out of commission, they had helped the Canadians to achieve their objective and the capture of Courcelette. They repulsed several German counterattacks and the lines once again became frozen in the mud of the Somme basin.

The next objective for the 3 Canadian divisions became a defensive line known as the Regina trench.

 

   
 



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