Victory at Vimy

Victory at Vimy

Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917

Book - 2007
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National Bestseller At the height of the First World War, on Easter Monday April 9, 1917, in early morning sleet, sixteen battalions of the Canadian Corps rose along a six-kilometre line of trenches in northern France against the occupying Germans. All four Canadian divisions advanced in a line behind a well-rehearsed creeping barrage of artillery fire. By nightfall, the Germans had suffered a major setback. The Ridge, which other Allied troops had assaulted previously and failed to take, was firmly in Canadian hands. The Canadian Corps had achieved perhaps the greatest lightning strike in Canadian military history. One Paris newspaper called it "Canada's Easter gift to France." Of the 40,000 Canadians who fought at Vimy, nearly 10,000 became casualties. Many of their names are engraved on the famous monument that now stands on the ridge to commemorate the battle. It was the first time Canadians had fought as a distinct national army, and in many ways, it was a coming of age for the nation. The achievement of the Canadians on those April days in 1917 has become one of our lasting myths. Based on first-hand accounts, including archival photographs and maps, it is the voices of the soldiers who experienced the battle that comprise the thrust of the book. Like JUNO: Canadians at D-Day , Ted Barris paints a compelling and surprising human picture of what it was like to have stormed and taken Vimy Ridge.
Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 9780887622533
Branch Call Number: 940.431 BAR
Characteristics: xviii, 300 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jun 27, 2017

Story of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, the first time that the Canadian Army fought together under it's own command. Though the French and British has lost around 130,000 men attempting to dislodge the Germans in 1915 and 1916, Canadian forces defeated the Germans in just over 3 days applying novel techniques with approximately 10,000 casualties. The story is told through first hand accounts from survivors and epistolary records from those who did not. An excellent book that all Canadians should read.

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