Hill 70: 15-16 Aug 1917

In June 1917, Field Marshal Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, ordered the First Army to capture the coal mining centre of Lens while the Second Army exploited its victory at Messines Ridge, further north in Flanders. First Army Headquarters charged the Canadian Corps, under command of Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie, with the operation.