Vimy – The Assault

31 Mar

I’ll likely be returning often to the remarkable episode that was the Canadian attack on Vimy Ridge during the Arras Offensive of 1917 — it’s a hugely important and highly mythologized moment in this country’s history, and it looms large in her national consciousness as a result.  While attending the latest Canada’s History Forum at the Canadian War Museum last December (meeting to discuss the question of how the Great War ought to be remembered), I had the pleasure of seeing a keynote address from Andrew Iarocci about the place the matter of Vimy holds in Canadian history; while I can’t reproduce his excellent presentation here, interested parties should consult Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment (2007), of which Iarocci was an editor and to which he contributed a paper on the make-up of the 1st Canadian Division.

But more on all that later.  In the meantime:

Arms and the men

Men of the 2nd Canadian Division advance behind a tank during the assault on Vimy in April of 1917.

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