April 9, 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It would come to be known as the biggest single Allied advance on the Western front up to that point in World War I.
Beginning at dawn on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked Vimy Ridge above the Douai Plain in France. The battle was part of the Allies’ effort to push the German forces out of France. Vimy Ridge was key to the German defence system, having held against previous attacks by both the French and British.
The Canadian attack began at dawn and by the afternoon of April 9 the Canadians had taken the crest of Vimy Ridge. On April 12, they took Hill 145, the highest feature on the ridge, and also the “Pimple”, a large hill on the northern end of Vimy Ridge.
Of the 100,000 Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 10,602 were wounded and 3,598 died.
For more details on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and 100th Anniversary event information, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada webpage: www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/vimy-ridge
Photo: April 9, 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Library and Archives Canada)