The Somme: The Mechanization of War Exhibition
- Dates:July 1, 2016 - November 11, 2016 ( Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday )
- Location:The RCA Museum
- Times:From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Address: CFB Shilo Building N-118, Patricia Road Shilo, MB
- Phone: (204) 765-3000
- Website:Visit Website
- Region: Western
Our new temporary exhibit The Somme: The Mechanization of War tells the story of the Canadian soldier during battle in WW1. The Battle of the Somme was a pivotal moment in history. The battle lasted five months (June 1st to Nov 18th, 1916) and resulted in over one million casualties with limited gains on all sides.
At the Somme, Field Marshal Haig and the British Command planned for a much desired breakthrough by the Allied countries against German frontlines and in support of the French Army fighting for its existence to the south at Verdun. Reliance for success was placed on a sophisticated transport system for supplies and equipment, massive and powerful artillery support, an agile Royal Flying Corps and finally the well-equipped and determined British (and colonial) soldier who was the inheritor of over two hundred years of Empire. The British had also developed a secret weapon that they hoped would change the course of the war.