(F. Hewitt, 1972). For Canadians, hockey is a way of life. "Canadian hockey is more than just a sport. It’s our national game, a part of our culture, our history, our national identity. Hockey is one thing about which we have always been able to say we are the best"(Gruneau 4). On September 1972, Canada and the Soviet Union played an eight game hockey series, 4 in Canada, and 4 in Moscow, Russia, at the height of the Cold War. Originally, the series goal was to put on a good show before the start of the NHL season. However, it was made with political intentions in mind. There were many different views of what political importance the series might have. "Sports is a catalyst for international understanding and solidarity not to mention brotherhood and when it’s all over"(Camp, 1972). There was a possibility that the series was played as a means of bringing the two countries together. For the majority of Canadians, it was a battle of ideals: "our lifestyle against theirs, communism versus capitalism"(Morrison 205, 1992). This attitude was shown throughout the series. Nationalistic pride was through the roof. The Soviets challenge to Canadian power in hockey concerned Canadians. The idea of sport and politics for Canada and the Soviet Union was very different. While Russia used hockey as a tool for politics, Canadian hockey kept its own cultural identity. As hockey moved towards a more international level, the sport was shown more as a political and national symbol through commerc...
This event impacted and shaped Canada in which it was a major turning point in the war. Until then, the war hadn’t been going too well for Canada and its allies.
One of the greatest battles in Canadian history was the battle of Vimy Ridge. A countless number of brave young men lost their lives in this renowned war. Therefore, the battle of Vimy Ridge remains one of the most celebrated and respected events in the history of Canada. In addition, many Canadians today see this battle as the birth of their nation and a defining moment in Canada’s history.
One of Canada’s largest military endeavors was the battle of Vimy Ridge during World War One. It was a fierce battle between Germans and Canadians. Canada was trying to take over the German controlled ridge, which ran from northwest to southwest between Lens and Arras, France. Its highest point was 145 feet above sea level, which was exceptionally helpful in battle because of the very flat landscape. Already over 200,000 men had fallen at Vimy, all desperately trying to take or defend this important and strategic ridge. As a result of its success in taking the ridge, Canada gained a lot more than just the strategic point. Canada was united as a nation, and the victory changed the way other counties viewed them. Canadians no longer viewed their soldiers as merely an extension of allied forces; they now viewed their troops as an independent and unified entity.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was more than “another bloodshed” to Canada the growth of Canada as a nation. This battle confirmed Canada’s eligibility to participate on the world stage and showed that Canada was not to be trifled with by other nations. The achievements of the Canadian army brought Canada respect from other nations. The Canadian army gained confidence in themselves after their victory in this battle. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was significant to the growth of Canada as a nation.
Since before the First World War, Canadians have had a long history of weakness, cowardice, and insipidity. Seen as feeble and insignificant, Canada had often been overlooked by the European superpowers; until April 9th 1917. On this day, Canadian Corps completed the task of capturing the once German-held Vimy Ridge. Canadian success is attributed to their communication and precise planning that allowed them to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Canadians created new and innovative tactics that made for a more efficient offensive line. Also, the battle resulted in Canada’s autonomy, nationalism, and patriotism that changed the course of Canadian history forever. The battle of Vimy Ridge is considered the defining moment for Canada as it emerged from under the shadow of Britain and for the first time, felt capable of greatness.
The battle of Vimy Ridge is the battle that every proud Canadian should know. This battle was between France, Canada and Britain against Germany’s stronghold on Vimy Ridge. This was a gruesome fight due to Canada and Britain having to fight over the corpses of their fallen allies. However, it is because of this battle, Canada has been able to gain it’s independence from Britain. This is one of Canada’s most notable achievements in world war one and every proud Canadian should know of this amazing victory.
This win proved Canada’s capabilities and strength to have an individual voice. Therefore, it is a defining moment as it increased Canada’s prestige and the opportunities for making its views known. Furthermore, the battle is a defining moment, as the victory was planned and executed by Canadians. The mastermind behind the success was the “…commander of the Canadians Corps, Lieutenant- General Sir Julian Byng, planned an assault on a front of seven kilometers by all four of his divisions of the Canadian Corps”(“The Battle of Vimy Ridge: Canada in the First World War and the Road to Vimy Ridge.”). This was a historical moment as it was the first time Canadians fought together shoulder to shoulder. Canadians did not fight as an underling unit in the British army, but on their own for the first time. All four divisions worked together as one formation. The win earned Canadian troops a stature as daunting effective troops, as well as, gave Canadians a title of strength and intelligence. Therefore, this is a defining moment as this gave Canadians heavy hitter reputation for breaking through the impassable German
Canadian just happen to come together at the right place at the right time. The reason it was held as such a great victory was solely because Canada had not done anything before that battle, and that was the first time they had actually come together. The fact that they also managed to take something important that others couldn’t helped change canadian identity in the eyes of the military. But one impact that the Battle of Mons had was not only on Canada’s name, but also on the people there. This was one of the few battles where Canada managed to overcome great odds and not only forever change the history of Mons by liberating them, it also changed them in the eyes of the public because they then had a new appreciation for Canada, and that is why they considered them liberators and greeted them with arms open ("Land Battles - Mons | Canada and the First World War"). The remembrance of that day is still shown, and the continuity of the fact that Canada had done something great is shown in the heart and minds of people their, and that is something that even the most well remembered battles do not have the honour of keeping. Having an effect on people and the future of a place should make this battle much more significant, because being given a piece of land as a sign of gratitude is not as significant as shaping the future