Keys to Success

The months of planning and preparation were instrumental in the Canadian successes on the first two days of the battle, but there were other important factors as well.

Protected by the innovative use of the creeping barrage, in which artillery bombardment advanced across the battlefield just ahead of the troops, the Canadian soldiers moved across No-Man’s Land towards the German lines. Marshall Barton of Creston was with the 4th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery, supporting the movements of the 1st Canadian Division with the creeping barrage.