Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

by Stefan Carew

The Battle of Vimy Ridge during WWI is Canada’s most celebrated military victory. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge in April 1917 and succeeded in capturing it from the German army. More than 10,500 Canadians were killed and wounded in the assault.

Today, an iconic white memorial atop the ridge commemorates the battle and honours the 11,285 Canadians killed in France throughout the war who have no known graves.

Marine Atlantic honoured the Nova Scotia Highlanders and the Cape Breton Highlanders, both of whom played an instrumental role in the battle, within the naming of our vessel, the MV Highlanders.

The victory at Vimy Ridge became a symbol of an awakening of Canadian nationalism. Soldiers from every region of Canada, fighting together for the first time as a single assaulting force in the Canadian Corps, had taken the ridge together.

Source: Historica Canada