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  • Canadian soldiers of the 2nd Division complete shoulder title recovered from Red Chateau area in Courcelette captured by the Canadians in September 1916 on the Somme battlefield

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    This is a rare find from the battlefield Canadian soldiers of the 2nd Division complete shoulder title which is damaged with a split down the middle.The badge still has its markings completely readable the brass has gone green from being buried but the badge is still very solid not braking up and has been well cleaned after the recovery perfect for display or any collection.This badge due to where it was found we know the soldier had be from the 2nd Division as they where the Canadian troops that captured the area. The badge was recovered from where Red Chateau used to stand in the village of Courcelette captured in September 1916 on the Somme battlefield.This is a rare badge especially Canadian as they did not have the numbers of men on the battlefield compared to other Armys and lovely traceable relic recovered on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916.

    The village of Courcelette were the scene of very heavy fighting in September 1916. On the 15th, the village was included in the extreme left of the Allied attack and was taken by the 2nd Canadian Division supported by tanks, with the 4th and 6th Brigades storming the outer trenches and the sugar factory, and the 5th Brigade seizing the village. It was destroyed by German artillery after its capture and remained very close to the front line until the German retreat in the following spring.

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