The unit was also subjected to constant enemy shelling and counterattacks. The craters, six in total, resulted from mines exploded by the British underneath a section of the German front line. A fierce battle ensued — with heavy casualties and eventual defeat for the Canadians, as the Germans gained control of the battlefield.
Following St. Eloi, the battalion prepared for its first major offensive — taking the French village of Courcelette in the Somme sector of France. This attack was especially important for battalion commander Lt. Thomas-Louis Tremblay. There was more than victory at stake. The conduct and courage of the battalion was noted by several of its officers. To Tremblay, his men had been quite simply sublime.
However, the victory came at a tremendous cost as the battalion suffered hundreds of casualties. The greatest loss, however, was that of Tremblay. Although buried three times by the debris from shell explosions during the attack, he was not injured.
Instead, he fell victim to a pre-war medical problem and was forced to return to England. Although Courcelette went down in history as a great victory, the violence, casualties and loss of Tremblay left their mark on the battalion. To many, it showed just how violent war could really be. Tremblay famously noted that if hell was as bad as what he saw at Courcelette, he did not wish the experience upon his worst enemy.
More importantly, in the months following the Somme operations, the battalion began suffering a serious disciplinary problem, especially with illegal absences desertion and absence without leave. This was not the first time that the unit suffered from indiscipline. The transition from life in England to life at the front had been difficult, leading many to illegally absent themselves in October The battalion had also suffered a disciplinary breakdown following St.
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