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Vimy Ridge 75th Anniversary

Type: Film and Video

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Return to Vimy Ridge

Type: Film and Video

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Going Over the Top at Vimy Ridge

Type: Film and Video

For Canadians, Vimy Ridge is now a place of legend, the site of this country's defining military victory. But in 1917, the French battlefield was a seemingly impregnable fortress, a killing field of tunnels and trenches constantly watched by Germans occupying the high ground. But after weeks of preparation, and the biggest artillery bombardment in history to that point, the Canadians succeed where the British and French failed: they take Vimy Ridge.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canada and the First World War - War Diaries - Battle of Vimy Ridge

Type: DocumentImage

Summarizes the Battle of Vimy Ridge fought by the Canadian and British troops in April 1917 to take the ridge back from German occupation. Includes a map, photos, and a link to the ArchiviaNet War Diary Database.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Vimy Ridge and German Strategy

Type: Document

Vimy Ridge occupied a key position in the German defensive strategy, which relied on geographic position and strength of fortifications to defeat Allied attacks.

Site: National Defence

Digital War Art

Type: ImageDocument

Reji Martin has used the tools of today to remember the battles of the past. In this collection of 'Virtual' oil pastels, the terrible beauty of people and places involved in war has been caught using a computer program.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

On Top of the Ridge

Type: Document

Canada's achievement at Vimy was a contrast to the previous failure of the French Neville offensive. Canadians were later used at Arleux-Gobelle and Fresnoy as part of the British effort to keep the Germans occupied while the French army, suffering from a series of mutinies due to high casualties, waited for the Americans to arrive.

Site: National Defence

Map of Vimy Memorial

Type: Document

A small map of the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial is marked with points of interest for those traveling to the site. The hours of operation and dates of student tours are also available.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

A National Response - Canada in the First World War and the Road to Vimy Ridge

Type: Document

When Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, Canada was automatically drawn in. From a population of less than 8 million Canada would eventually marshal over 600,000 men and women to serve in many capacities, and four long years of war would help to transform Canada from a colony to a nation.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

First World War - Troops and Traditions - Canadian Expeditionary Force

Type: DocumentImage

A comprehensive bibliography of resources on the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including official history, accounts of specific battles and the role of war technologies.

Site: Library and Archives Canada