During the First World War, between April 9 and 12, 1917, Canadian divisions attacked and held the crucial position of Vimy Ridge in France, which would never again fall to the Germans.
Since then, this battle has been viewed by many as a major turning point for Canada, as the country was, for the first time, getting international recognition.
Over the next month, keep an eye out for the different ways we pay tribute to all of our brave soldiers who fought and died during this decisive battle. Take a look at what is coming:
March 31 to April 21 – Vimy Ridge blog series
Look for the series of five blog posts, produced in collaboration with The National Archives of the United Kingdom.
Through our respective records, we will explore various topics such as the composition of the Canadian Corps, the context leading up to the battle, how the battle unfolded and ended, the memorialization that followed, as well as artistic representations of the battle.
April 9 to 10 – Victoria Cross recipients series
In April we will also be continuing the series First World War Centenary: Honouring Canada’s Victoria Cross Recipients, which recounts the acts of extraordinary gallantry and bravery that took place during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
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April 6 and May 4 – Two-part podcast episode
Watch for the launch of our two-part podcast episode “Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power” on April 6. It will focus on the role Canada and its allies played in the air over Vimy Ridge and Arras in April 1917, a month known as “Bloody April.”
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New on LAC website
Start your research by visiting our new Battle of Vimy Ridge: Resources at Library and Archives Canada webpage.
Explore the list of the 3000 Canadian casualties that occurred between April 9 and 12, 1917, including links to most of the soldiers’ digitized service files.
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