The presentation will be live and online.
The purpose of this talk by Bradley Shoebottom is to explore how tramways were an effective way of moving ammunition, supplies and evacuating casualties in the forward battle area across shell torn earth during the First World War. After starting tramways as local initiatives by British divisions in 1915, the Canadian Corps realised their utility and sought a permanent organisational solution with their own self-contained 1st and 2nd Canadian Tramway Companies in November 1917. This presentation explores the events leading up to their creation, where they operated on the Western Front, and how they significantly improved the movement of supplies.
Members wishing to participate will need to register: details of how to register will be circulated via The Western Front Association's newsletter 'Trench Lines'. If you are not a subscriber to 'Trench Lines' please subscribe now.
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It is also possible to register by clicking this link: The Story of the Canadian Corps Tramway Companies on the Western Front
The talk will be undertaken using the 'Zoom' software which is freely available. It may not be necessary to load the software to your PC / iPad etc: but we would recommend doing so if you wish to participate in this event.