Our assault on vimy ridge began at 5:30 am on easter monday, eight days ago we lost a lot of good boys but i am so very pleased to inform you that the canucks got the job done what the french couldn’t do for two years and the brits too we, byng’s boys did in three days. An official ceremony to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the battle of arras and capture of vimy ridge was held at the canadian national vimy memorial, in vimy, northern france, wednesday. The battle of vimy ridge 918 words | 4 pages of vimy ridge was the most glorious canadian battle that deserves the recognition of true origin of canada as it recognized and identified canada as a fierce-fighting nation on international scene.
Vimy ridge had defied previous attacks by the allies, but in early 1917 its capture formed part of a larger battle, supporting a british attack at arras, which itself assisted a major french. Letter home i would like to thank the reid family of brampton, ontario for sharing their grandfather's letter as you will discover, private kelly's clarity puts us very much in place at vimy ridge on that fateful day of april 9, 1917. On april 9, 1917, the bloodiest day in our military history, the canadian corps captured the entrenched german positions on vimy ridge in northern france. A letter home from vimy ridge these individuals or to learn from the accomplishments and mistakes of historical events monuments are usually built in the place of commemoration, where the historic figure or event becomes part of the landscape, the heart of the society and the pages of history.
In an earlier letter to heron, dated march 18, 1917, chalmers said he was witnessing the “great preparations” leading up to the battle of vimy ridge. The canadian national vimy memorial is the largest monument to canadian soldiers who gave their lives in the first world war located on vimy ridge in northern france, the memorial is the centrepiece of the park marking the site of the battle of the same name, which took place from april 9 th to 12 th , 1917. Vimy ridge was a 15 kilometre long escarpment close to the french city arras the battle of vimy ridge was a battle fought between the allied side consisting of canada and britain and the german forces it was fought from april 9 to 12, 1917 a letter home from vimy ridge essay. I am writing a letter back home from the battle of vimy ridge, and i am a canadian soldier help me please, i need ideas god save the queen. Letter from vimy by gordon mackinnon april 1992 the envelope of my grandfather’s last letter to my uncle, private ronald mackinnon of the princess patricia’s canadian light infantry, dated april 5, 1917, is marked “return to sender: deceased: killed in action 9417.
Letters to vimy 94 likes an historical fiction in which the author writes letters from today to his uncle who died at vimy ridge in 1917. Reading a letter from a soldier during the battle of vimy to a friend back home in canada gave me goosebumps. Letters to vimy 95 likes an historical fiction in which the author writes letters from today to his uncle who died at vimy ridge in 1917 in a letter home to his mother, pte oscar french wrote from france in january, 1917 to thank her for the presents from home at christmas, 1916 that it has not appeared sooner but it should be out. The victory at vimy had huge importance for the soldiers at the front and the civilians back home as one young sergeant at the time put it in a letter home that curiously omitted ontario’s.
Ottawa — several hundred people gathered at canada’s national war memorial at sunset on saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of vimy ridge, a fierce world war i fight in. Today, willa rivett will travel from her home in goderich, ont, to ottawa where, this evening, she will join a select group to watch the first screening of vimy ridge: heaven to hell, a canadian. Both the newfoundland regiment and the canadian corps fighting at vimy ridge were part of the larger battle of arras in 1917 the commemoration of the engagement at vimy ridge on april 9th was a. The canadian national vimy memorial site is located approximately 8 km (50 mi) north of arras, france, circled by the small towns and communes of vimy to the east, givenchy-en-gohelle to the north, souchez to the northwest, neuville-saint-vaast to the south and thélus to the southeast. Vimy ridge is a 9 mile/15 km long hump-backed barrier, rising from the valley of river scarpe to a peak of 145 metres to drop abruptly into the valley of river souchez an area fought over since roman times, it commanded the douai plain and protected lille and the coalfields of lens.
A letter home from vimy ridge dear mother, it’s been a long time since i had the opportunity to sit down and write you a letter i miss you and father a lot i am overjoyed to be writing this letter to you the mood here is one of jubilation our assault on vimy ridge began at 5:30 am on easter monday, eight days ago we lost a lot of good. Todd battis finds lost family connection to battle of vimy ridge wife to learn about life back home in the maritimes in one letter written from the frontlines of war, james sydney battis asks. Letters from the battle of vimy ridge, photos of soldiers in stretchers and postcards of victoria's harbour are part of the new online collection, victoria to vimy.
The past battles i have been in paled in comparison to the pride felt by all canadian soldiers when we took vimy ridge we proved ourselves on that day to be more than just a british colony, but in fact are a force to be reckoned with. These collections contains any material relating to canada from 1914 to 1918 from either the home front or the battlefront external links in collection descriptions are either to online attestation papers at library and archives canada or casualty and burial information at the commonwealth war graves commission. Vimy ridge, an engagement during the battle of arras, lasted from april 9 to may 16, 1917 and claimed 18,000 scottish lives – the highest concentration of scots in any first world war campaign.