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Battle of Vimy Ridge
The main combatants were the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in the First Army , against three divisions of the German 6th Army. The battle took place from 9 to 12 April at the beginning of the Battle of Arras, the first attack of the Nivelle Offensive , which was intended to attract German reserves from the French, before their attempt at a decisive offensive on the Aisne and the Chemin des Dames ridge further south. The Canadian Corps was to capture the German-held high ground of Vimy Ridge, an escarpment on the northern flank of the Arras front. Supported by a creeping barrage , the Canadian Corps captured most of the ridge during the first day of the attack. The final objective, a fortified knoll located outside the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle , fell to the Canadians on 12 April. Historians attribute the success of the Canadian Corps to technical and tactical innovation, meticulous planning, powerful artillery support and extensive training, as well as the inability of the 6th Army to properly apply the new German defensive doctrine.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, April Tim Cook Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada, when the.
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Battle of Vimy Ridge – Battle Honour Regiments
Canadian soldiers advancing through the enemy barbed wire at Vimy Ridge. This publication is available upon request in alternate formats. PDF Version.
It was the first time that all four Canadian divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together in the First World War and is seen by some as the time that Canadians started to see themselves as an independent nation and not a colony of Great Britain. Below is a gallery of archival images of Canadian soldiers during the operation at Vimy Ridge which was part of the larger Battle of Arras. Canadians giving a truck a helping hand on a shell battered road on Vimy Ridge in April, Canadians consolidate their positions on Vimy Ridge in April, MIKAN no.
In April , Commonwealth forces launched an offensive against German lines around Arras. It was intended to support a major French attack along the Chemin des Dames ridge near the River Aisne to the south. Vimy Ridge dominated the area north of Arras. The Canadian Corps was tasked with capturing this vital high ground. Soldiers trained thoroughly for the task.
The corps launched their offensive at Vimy on Easter Sunday, and within three days had eradicated the German defenses. This swift victory was achieved through excellent artillery preparation and effective infantry tactics, and was boosted by the Canadian advantage in personnel that allowed them to endure a higher casualty count. Part of the larger Battle of Arras, the capture of Vimy Ridge helped establish the Canadian Corps as a premier fighting force. Some historians have seen this as a pivotal moment in the development of a Canadian identity. Vimy Ridge had defied previous attacks by the Allies, but in early its capture formed part of a larger battle, supporting a British attack at Arras, which itself assisted a major French offensive. On Easter Sunday, April 9, at a.