Canada and the First World War

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Supporting the War Effort
Chinese labourers construct light railway leading to the front. To release more soldiers to fight, armies relied on paid labourers behind the lines. Approximately 80,000 Chinese worked on the Western Front during the war. After the Armistice, the Chinese Labour Corps cleared corpses and debris from the battlefields.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19930013-750