Monday, April 09, 2012

95th Anniversay of Vimy Ridge Battle

3,598 Canadians Died 
Doing What No Other Army Could

On Easter Monday April 9, 1917 at 5:30 AM  all four divisions of the Canadian Corps acted as one unit and stormed the seven kilometre-wide ridge that the German forces had held for so long. It was a well fortified position that had repelled previous assaults by both the English and the French forces.

The Canadian forces suffered 10,600 casualties, 3,598 of whom perished during the four day battle before the Canadians claimed a victory that previously considered superior military forces had failed to do. It is felt by some observers it was this battle that truly defined Canada as a nation 95 years ago as Canadians from all ethnic backgrounds came together as one.


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