The Amiens campaign, while resoundingly successful, had demanded much from the Allies – and the Canadians were no exception. The Corps took 11,822 casualties through the 6 days of fighting, illustrating the price paid for ground gained. However, an influx of returning (formerly wounded) soldiers and conscripts from Canada soon joined the Corps at the front. The Canadians were quickly back up to full strength and ready to finish the fight.
Although considered small relative to other nations’ armies, the Canadian Corps still numbered over 100,000 strong. Dispersed between 4 divisions, the tall task of supplying the corps logistical needs fell to the Canadian Engineers. For instance, within the 6 day preparation period preceding the Amiens offensive, the engineers moved millions of rounds of ammunition and nearly 300,000 artillery rounds to the front. As the Allies continued their rapid thrust through the last 100 Days of the war, the engineers played a pivotal role in keeping the advance pushing forward.
Over 40,000 Canadians served as engineers during the First World War. As No Stone Left Alone prepares commemorate the centennial year of the Armistice, we also commemorate those who fought and died for Canada during the First World War.