German officers after capture by a Canadian regiment. In the photograph four German officers, who are captives of a Canadian regiment, stand chatting and smoking. The relaxed air of the men in the picture compared to other photographs from the Haig collection which show lines of lower-ranked prisoners marching under heavy guard, suggests that officers were often treated preferentially, even as prisoners of war. Canada had regiments fighting in Europe from 1915. The Canadian Expeditionary Force was mobilised late in 1914 and Canadian troops went on to fight bravely in some of the most notorious campaigns of the war, including the Somme, Arras, Passchendaele and the final Allied offensives of 1918.
Original reads: ‘German Regiment Commanders captured by the Canadians.’
The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917
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