Canada's Victory in the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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In the spring of 1917, the battle of Vimy Ridge took place. As the Germans occupied it, the British had fought long and hard, but had failed to capture it after many attempts. Their immediate solution was to order the Canadians to try and capture this valuable piece of land once and for all. Unlike the British, the Canadians had taken time to think up a plan, which would catch the Germans off guard. The plan suggested that the Canadians make a dummy hill of Vimy Ridge, so that they memorize every spot on the hill. The Canadians built a full-scale replica of the ground over which their troops would have to attack, giving all units the chance to practice their attacking movements The Canadians had also learned to fight with the German machine guns, which allowed them to use the German’s weapons against them. The main part of the plan was called the “Rolling Curtain”. As bombs would be going off at the German trenches, the Canadians would follow behind them, instead of waiting for the Germans to get to their positions, like the British let them do. As the Rolling Curtain was a success, the Germans exited their trenches, to find the Canadians waiting there with their weapons. After a short period of time, 8 hours to be exact, the Canadians were able to recapture Vimy Ridge. They were able to capture 3700 Germans; however they suffered a loss of 3000 courageous soldiers.

Throughout the past years, Canada has had many memorable moments. The Battle of Vimy Ridge is a moment in history that Canada should be proud of. This was the first major gain for the British in the war, which led them to success later on, this was a key component in Canada’s move to become and independent country, and it earned respect for Canadians all over th...

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...ime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, indicate that 90 years after this battle, we still remember, and we still have pride in what these soldiers did for Canada, in the way they gave their lives, to earn respect for their Country.

Canada, once known as one of many British colonies, is now known as the great Country, that defeated the Germans at the battle of Vimy Ridge. It is because of these brave men who gave their lives, that Canada succeeded in the Great war, that they became steps closer to becoming and independent country, and that they gained, and kept, the respect of many Canadians, as well as many other nations across the globe. Canada should be proud of this moment in history, as it made all these things possible, and made Canada what it is today. It was on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, and not any other date, that Canada became a nation.
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