On this day, Canadian soldiers fought, with much sacrifice, and captured Vimy Ridge.
"Boots of the Fallen". 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed at Vimy and over 7000 injured in a battle that lasted four days.
This great battle represents a coming of age for Canada. The French and British armies failed to take Vimy Ridge. During cold, snowy spring days, in three lines of muddy trenches, Canadians awaited their orders that would see them move up the ridge and make greater advances, capture more soldiers than any other offensive during WWI.
Vimy was reclaimed from the Germans after four days of intense battle and loss.
Vimy Ridge, where physical evidence of the battle remains, is Canada's National Memorial in Europe.