Saturday, April 08, 2017

Saturday April 8th - Sunday April 9th

On This Weekend In Canadian History....  

1917 - Arthur Currie 
leads all four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting as a unit for the First time, with one of Lt.-Gen. Julian Byng's British brigades, to Easter Monday victory, capturing most of Vimy Ridge by nightfall. Over the space of four days, along a 6.4 km front, using 1,000 guns and a masterful artillery barrage technique developed by Currie and his gunners, they take the German stronghold where the French and British had earlier failed; they take more ground, and capture more guns and prisoners than any previous British offensive; by April 12, they will mop up all resistance from the Pimple, a large hill on the northern end of the Ridge, and from Hill 145, where the Vimy monument now stands. The battle came at a price, with 3,600 Canadians killed and another 7,000 wounded, but it was a fraction of the 150,000 French casualties sustained when the Allies tried to take Vimy Ridge in two battles during 1915. From that day onward, Germany is on the defensive.

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