The Final 100 Days: October 23, 1918

A quiet day in the Canadian Sector.

Preparations had begun for an assault on Valenciennes. Contingents of the Corps were given a brief respite as plans were finalized and the line restructured. 

The rapidity of the Canadian advance had also seen the Corps outrun their supply line. A transition to a war of movement from three years of static warfare made it difficult for support troops to bring forward food, water, munitions, and other war materiel. The allotment of time to resupply would ensure success at Valenciennes. 

By the evening of the 23rd, the Canadian front-line occupied 8 miles of territory along the Canal de L’Escaut. From the northernmost point at Condé to Le Cateau. 

The end of the war was growing closer. German overtures for peace were no longer flatly rejected. President Woodrow Wilson had made it clear to German Chancellor Maximillian of Baden that the Allies would not negotiate with a military dictatorship. In the pursuit of peace, change was coming to Germany. 

Operations would continue the next day.