For the whole canadian corps, vimy ridge was a resounding victory proud of their accomplishments, many soldiers admitted that, for the first time, they felt canadian rather than british some historians have even argued that canada became a nation at vimy ridge. Because the victory at vimy ridge was the result of careful planning, strategy, bravery and perseverance in the face of an enormous challenge, it is considered by many canadians to be an important symbol of canadian accomplishment. On the morning of april 9, 1917, troops of the canadian corps under general julian byng attacked the formidable german defences of vimy ridge. Victory at vimy canada comes of age, april 9-12, 1917 the canadian corps had achieved perhaps the greatest lightning strike in canadian military history.
July 15, 2016 july 15, 2016 1 comment on vimy ridge and canadian nationalism by walter klaassen not about the glory of the victory at vimy ridge, but rather, as. Battle of vimy ridge as a canadian, i view my country as that of a peacekeeping nation, which is openly shared around the world for this, i find it very ironic that the turning point in our country's march to distinct nationhood was actually achieved during a bloody battle in world war i, infamously known as the battle of vimy ridge. Vimy ridge was a great victory for the canadian corps but as currie observed in 1922, it was not more significant than others we need to stop insisting that canadians succeeded where the british (or french) had earlier failed. The victory at vimy was a defining event for canada, considered by many contemporaries and later scholars to be a significant event in canada's progress to full independence from britain the strategic importance of vimy ridge.
In taking vimy ridge, canadian soldiers, at enormous cost in life nd limb, succeeded where british and french armies had failed in fact, vimy ridge was the first british victory of the war the sacrifice of the canadian soldiers inspired a nation to be more than it had been before. To be sure, the canadian corps achieved an impressive victory at vimy ridge however, it did not herald the end of the war indeed, it would be another year and a half before the germans were defeated. Vimy ridge canadian national memorial is dedicated to the canadian forces who fought, fell or were presumed dead in france in wwi and have no known grave.
Canadian nationalism has led to an exaggerated sense of the importance of the capture of vimy ridge and the british elements of the force that fought in the battle have been airbrushed out of memory. More than 15,000 canadian infantry troops attacked vimy ridge that day, overrunning the german positions and taking 4,000 prisoners three more days of heavy fighting resulted in victory on. The battle of vimy ridge battle info, video footage and photos the vimy foundation canadian war museum — the battle of vimy ridge historica canada - minutes - vimy ridge vimy ridge virtual interactive (veterans affairs canada) the underground war: military mining operations in support of the attack on vimy ridge, 9 april 1917 veterans affairs canada - vimy ridge 100th anniversary vimy. The battle of vimy ridge was over canadian casualties amounted to 10,602, of which 3,598 were fatal sources jl granatstein's essay victory at vimy. Although, the battle of vimy ridge was only fought over only 3 days, it was a difficult victory that cost the lives of many canadian soldiers in total, the battle of vimy ridge resulted in the death of over 3500 canadian soldiers and another 7000 were wounded in the battle.
Canadian flags are hung throughout givenchy, a small village in france that lies near vimy ridge in honour of the 100th anniversary of the historic battle, the village has dubbed 2017 the year of. A person is silhouetted as they stand on the vimy ridge monument following a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle, sunday, april 9, 2017 near arras, france the canadian press. Victory at vimy has 31 ratings and 4 reviews andreas said: the story of vimy ridge as told via the letters/journals of those canadians who experienced t.
By the time that the canadians arrived at vimy ridge, the territory had already been fought over in battles that claimed 300 000 lives to say that vimy ridge was solely a canadian victory belies the influence of the british and french who fought there earlier. In the spring of 1917, the allies launched a new offensive on the western front, where all four divisions of the canadian corps were ordered to capture the heavily fortified vimy ridge for the first time ever, regiments from all across canada fought side-by-side to secure victory using an innovative tactic known as a creeping barrage. The canadian national vimy memorial is a war fought courageously and with great ingenuity in winning the strategic high point of vimy ridge, though victory. In the battle of vimy ridge, canadian soldiers made greater advances, and captured more arms, and more prisoners (4,000) than any other allied offensive since the start of the war the victory.
The battle of vimy ridge is remembered as one of the pivotal points in canadian history it is often said that it was the moment canada came of age but as historian jack granatstein points out the truth is much more nuanced. The canadian army gained confidence in themselves after the victory at the battle vimy ridge the battle of vimy ridge was significant to the growth of canada as a. Vimy ridge day commemorates the canadian soldiers' victory and sacrifices at vimy ridge during the first world war (painting above illustrates battle. The battle at vimy ridge was an extremely successful victory for canada it was the first time in the first world war that all four canadian divisions fought together.