Vimy Ridge Research Paper

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During the third year of the First World War, on April 9, 1917, the famous and significant Canadian-fought battle of Vimy Ridge took place. This strategic ridge that was German-held, was located in northeastern France, and it provided a clear view for tens of kilometers in all directions. The open view allowed the men to see the battlefield below, and that made Vimy a popular and requested ridge, which explains why the British and French had tried to take over the ridge before the Canadians. The Canadians devised a plan to use artillery barrage, which also constituted enhanced techniques for counter-fire against the enemy guns, would smash German positions and isolate them in their dugouts. This Canadian-planned battle occurred as previously started, on April 9, 1917, with most of the ridge being seized, and on April 12, 1917, the Canadians had successfully seized the entire ridge. The battle of Vimy Ridge has been a defining moment in Canadian history, and it has truly helped us emerge from Britain’s shadow and become independent. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the battle of Vimy Ridge was planned, led, and fought by Canadians. The significance of this was the British and French had attempted to take control over the ridge, but had been unsuccessful, yet the…show more content…
As Governor-General David Johnston had said, "In many ways it was the birth of a nation. It was the first time Canadians fought together shoulder to shoulder, not as a subordinate unit in the British army, but on our own.” This battle earned Canada respect and recognition from many countries all around the world. One example of the respect that this battle earned Canada was a seat at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919, and the Act of Westminster, in 1931, which gave the control of Canadian policy over to

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