The Road to Vimy Ridge
Canada and the First World War
The Battle of Vimy Ridge in April of 1917 was both an extraordinary victory as well as a deadly slaughter that resulted in greater than 10 000 casualties. The fact that all four Canadian divisions fought alongside one another for the very first time led not only to a sense of unity as a fighting force, but also to an emerging sense of nationhood back in Canada.
The Canadians’ unexpected success in battle against an implacable foe earned Canadians a reputation as world-class warriors and granted Canada a seat at the peace negotiations table following the war.
Whether a student, a cadet, a scout, or an interested member of the public, an exploration of the modules on this site offers opportunities to learn about Canada’s First World War military history including:
- the causes and aftermath of the First World War, one of the most lethal wars in history,
- Canadian engagements during the First World War, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge,
- interesting personalities and technological advancements that played key roles in Canada’s First World War experience, and
- how Canadian participation in the First World War has crafted and shaped ideas of nationhood that we, as Canadians, experience today.
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