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Title: World War 1


1
World War 1
  • The Canadian Battles Vimy Ridge
  • CHC2P / D
  • Ms. Pannell

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Vimy Ridge
  • Objective
  • To seize Vimy Ridge, a long whale like hump of
    land 60 meters above the Douai Plain.
  • It had been occupied by Germans since the
    beginning of the war and was heavily fortified.
  • Previous Allied attacks of Vimy Ridge had failed

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Vimy Ridge
  • Why Vimy?
  • Vimy Ridge offered strategic advantage since it
    provided an excellent view of the industrial
    areas of German occupied France. This area was
    vital to the German war machine

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Unique to the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • April 9-12, 1917
  • First time that all four Canadian divisions would
    fight together as a single unit under the command
    of Canadian officer Arthur Currie and British
    General Byng.

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Preparation for Battle
  1. Soldiers given maps
  2. Studied air photos
  3. Model built
  4. Practiced maneuvers new one call creeping
    barrage
  5. Railway constructed to bring munitions to front
    lines
  6. All 4 Canadian divisions fought together

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Vimy Ridge
  • Soldiers used new maneuver called a creeping
    barrage
  • Creeping Barrage involved a curtain of gunfire
    and artillery just in front of advancing troops
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    ping-barrage

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Vimy Ridge
  • At a cost of 3500 Canadian lives the German line
    was broken and the allies had won a much needed
    victory.
  • Canadians proved themselves as a nation
  • Currie was promoted to Commander of the Canadian
    Corps

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Vimy Victory Birth of a Nation
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