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A slice of recorded history - WW1
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:08:35 AM »
April 9-12 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the  (Canadian) Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Quote Tim Cook - Warmuseum.ca
Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded.

The Canadian Corps was ordered to seize Vimy Ridge in April 1917. [Map] Situated in northern France, the heavily-fortified seven-kilometre ridge held a commanding view over the Allied lines. The Canadians would be assaulting over an open graveyard since previous French attacks had failed with over 100,000 casualties.


I came across this amazing article from CBC News...
"Pte. Elmer McKenzie recorded daily life and experiences during First World War"
McKenzie was part of the victory and sadness at Vimy Ridge.
He was a scout with the 42nd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who survived the War and returned home.

A wonderful read, looking at excerpts of his actual Wartime Diaries.
Please check it out:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadians-take-vimy-ridge-a-soldier-s-diaries-recount-battle-preparations-and-horrors-of-war-1.4042443

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