Canadian Artillery - A Great War Pocket Photograph Frame, 1917
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6.4cm (2.5in) x 5cm (2in)
Silver. Hinged frame, the cover engraved with the gun badge with the motto ‘Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt’ (Where faith and glory lead), over the date ‘1.1.17.’ and the initial M.T.B. The interior fitted with two silver slips with oval cut outs for portrait photographs. Stamped ‘Sterling’
In the early months of 1917 the Canadian Artillery was gearing up for the Capture of Vimy Ridge by the four divisions of the Canadian Corps. On Easter Monday 9 April 1917 the guns laid down a barrage that advanced at a rate of 100 yards every three minutes while medium and heavy howitzers established a series of standing barrages further ahead against known defensive systems. By nightfall on 12 April 1917, the Canadian Corps was in firm control of Vimy Ridge. The corps suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. The German 6th Army suffered an unknown number of casualties with approximately 4,000 men becoming prisoners.