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100 days, 100 posts as war museum marks WWI centenary

August 7, 2018
Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen

The Canadian War Museum is marking the centenary of the Hundred Days campaign that ended the First World War with 100 social media posts starting Wednesday sharing “stories of courage, sacrifice and perseverance.”

The social media project memorializes the series of decisive battles in which Canadians fought, “greatly contributing” to the November 1918 Allied victory.

It kicks off with a lecture by historians Jack Granatstein and Tim Cook at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and leads into their exhibit Victory 1918 — The Last 100 Days, which opens Oct. 26.

The series of 100 posts hashtagged #Last100Days takes followers through battles at Amiens, which began Aug. 8, 1918,  Arras, the Drocourt–Quéant Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, Valenciennes and finally Mons, the museum said. The project draws on archival photos, objects and art to “give voice” to Canadian soldiers on the ground and in the air, nurses on the battlefield and civilians at home.

They include the famous, including Lt.-Gen. Sir Arthur Currie, who commanded the Canadian Corps throughout the Hundred Days campaign, and Maj. Georges Vanier, future Governor General of Canada.

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