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Canadians of the first platoon to enter Valenciennes from the west

Canadians of the first platoon to enter Valenciennes from the west

Canadian troops storming fortifications at Valenciennes, France, during World War I. Canadian soldiers running through a debris-strewn wasteland towards the walls of Valenciennes. In the foreground, the leading soldier scrambles over barbed wire barricades. Even from the photograph the manoeuvre looks perilous, and it is difficult to imagine how nerve-racking it must have been attempting it while …