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The capture of Vimy Ridge symbolized Canada’s significant achievements during the war.

As part of a British offensive around Arras in April 1917, the Canadian Corps was to seize heavily-fortified Vimy Ridge in northern France. The Canadians carefully planned and rehearsed their attack. At 5:30 on the morning of 9 April, all four Canadian divisions, advancing together for the first time, stormed the seven-kilometre-long ridge and captured it, except for two German positions which fell three days later. The cost to Canada was high: 3598 killed and over 7000 wounded. But the Canadians’ determination earned them a reputation as formidable, effective troops.

Many historians and writers consider the spectacular Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness.

See also :
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917

29th Infantry Batallion advancing over No man's Land through the German barbed wire and heavy fire during the Battle of Vimy Ridge - 19920085-915
CWM 19920085-915

Vimy Ridge
Canadian War Museum
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Ottawa, Ontario
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