What is this?This drawing shows diagrams depicting some of the wounds that could be inflicted on soldiers by using different kinds of bullets. It also records the diary entries of one of the Canadian Medical Corps soldiers after seeing men with these kinds of wounds. During the First World War, many kinds of weapons were developed and used. These included flamethrowers, machine guns, poison gas and tanks. Many of the weapons had not been used for large scale combat before, and medical personnel from all countries sometimes struggled to deal with the injuries that they could cause and the numbers of wounded soldiers they had to treat.
Where is this?The map shows the 1st Canadian Division at Ypres, their position on the field and the medical support they received. This is a map from a larger work on the War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps and it gives clues as to what the troops and medical corps would have faced. The Battle of Ypres (April 22 to 24 1915) saw over 6,000 Canadian casualties in 48 hours and the use of chlorine gas in the German attack.
Where are these documents from?The diagram and map are taken from The War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1918). This book is about Canadian troops’ experiences fighting for Britain in the First World War. It includes essays, photographs, drawings, poems and reports created by Canadian soldiers from all divisions of the army.
- Article by:
- Philip Hatfield
- Race, empire and colonial troops
Curator Dr Philip Hatfield draws on photographs taken in Canada during World War One, including scenes of enlistment and arms manufacturing, to consider the range of contributions made by Canadian citizens.
- Article by:
- Paul Cornish
- The war machine
Senior Curator Paul Cornish looks at the developments in weaponry technology and strategy that led to the modern warfare of World War One, which was characterised by deadly new weapons, trench deadlocks, and immense numbers of casualties.
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