Vimy Ridge

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Vimy Ridge

On April 19th, 1917, the battle of Vimy Ridge took place at the North Eastern France. Vimy Ridge was thought to be the best military position for the German against the British / France forces due to the highland advantages. Vimy Ridge is one of the most famous battles of World War I and a Canadian general, Arthur Currie, was the key of this victory. It was the first battle that the majority of the force was consisted of the Canadians attacked together, led by a Canadian General, and achieved a magnificent victory.

British and France spend approximately 2 years to stalemate with German to take control of the Vimy Ridge. On spring 1917, the task was finally given to the Canadian Corps. But how would Canada capture down Vimy Ridge even when British and French can’t? Of course, there must be something different that General Currie had done. General Currie used a tactic called creeping barrage. Creeping barrage is o bomber enemy defenses with available heavy artillery, it helps the troops advance and capture enemy trenches. The purpose is to use bombardment to "creep" towards the enemy defense line, and create a cleaner battlefield. It is not meant to kill vast amount of enemies by doing so. Firth of all, he made a mock battlefield for the soldiers to practice on, and then he gave each soldier maps, orders and instructions; this has never been done before by any general. The last thing he did was to dig tunnels that can be close to the German and there were explosives in the tunnel. Once the battle started, they back up the soldier with heavy bombardment from the artilleries so the soldiers could advance. As Canadians captured Vimy Ridge, Canada herself also gained a reputation as formidable and Canadians at home gradually gain more nationalism.
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