The Final 100 Days: Denain - October 19, 1918

The advance continued. Canadian Forces continued to pour over the Canal de L’Escaut, towards German occupied Belgium  and Northern France. 

With Valenciennes serving as a orienting point, the 3 Canadian Divisions manning the front lines thrust forward. Over 40 communities fell into the hands of the advancing Corps - towns and villages that had been occupied since the beginning of the War. Chief amongst them was Denain, a huge industrial centre on the north bank of the Canal d L’Escaut. 

The 11km advance made by the Corps was the greatest day’s gain in yardage throughout the whole of the First World War. The Corps’ front was narrowing; by the evening, it was brought to a head as the 4th Canadian Division linked with the 51st British Division just west of Denain.