By the autumn of 1917 the popular reputation of tank effectiveness had suffered. Currie’s Canadians were now in the midst of what later became known as The Hundred Days. After the success at Canal du Nord, the Canadians faced their main objective, the city of Cambrai. In addition, 179 tanks had been put out of action due to enemy action, mechanical issues, or "ditching." The capture of Cambrai October 9, 1918. The first major battle to feature a significant armored attack, British losses at Cambrai numbered 44,207 killed, wounded, and missing while German casualties were estimated at around 45,000. The Battle of Cambrai, fought in November/December 1917, proved to be a significant event in World War One. Cambrai was a key railway centre for the German army, and the site of a bloody battle the year before that saw the first major use of tanks. The Battle of Cambrai cemeteries and memorials. By the end of the Battle of Cambrai in early December 1917, more than 80,000 servicemen on both sides were wounded, missing, or killed. The Canadians would smash the German positions on the western front and crush one-quarter of the enemy divisions in the field.
The Corps occupied Cambrai and continued to advance carefully, following the Germans as they made a fighting retreat further and further east. The CWGC commemorates in France more than 12,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen who died during the 17 days of the battle. In the first of these attacks, the Canadians spearheaded the British First Army’s attack on the Arras front, through the Drocourt-Quéant Line (D-Q Line) and across the Canal du Nord to capture the town of Cambrai. A successful operation would outflank the Germans’ vaunted Hindenburg Line of prepared defences, forcing them to retreat. The road to Cambrai, the major road, rail and supply point for the Germans in northern France, now beckoned. Canada's 100 days refers to the contributions the military made in the defeat of Germany at the end of the first world war. ... when the Canadian Corps achieved the final objectives of the Battle of Cambrai, ... Canada had paid a very high price for her commitment to the war effort. The Battle of Cambrai showed how to break the deadlock on the Western Front - but at a terrible cost. Cambrai was the first battle in which tanks were used en masse In fact, Cambrai saw a mixture of tanks being used, heavy artillery and air power. Battles - The Battle of Cambrai, 1917 The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in significant force, a little over a year after they had made their tentative debut at Flers on the Somme in September 1916.