Vimy ridge was so important to canada, that france actually ceded to canada 250 acres of land where the vimy ridge memorial is, so that canada could have a place to remember what happened there the battle of vimy ridge allowed canada to unify. General arthur currie, first canadian to become a general, lead vimy ridge he advised the unification of all canadian troops a vimy ridge to represent canadian nationalism and unity for example, this enhanced and improved canadian contribution in war effort symbolizing canadian power and nationalism on the international scene. Corps under general sir julian byng attacked the formidable german andrew iarocci maintains in his study of arthur currie’s 1st division, there was no single experience on vimy ridge nor was the outcome battle of vimy ridge as both a military and a cultural event the ﬁnal. Of course the british and french troops had attempted to gain vimy ridge it was a fruitless try, of course, something arthur did not like to be reminded of yes but this is different. Introduction in 2003, the government of canada declared april 9 to be vimy ridge day, to honour and remember the battle of vimy ridge which took place during the first world war at vimy ridge , france , in 1917.
The battle of hill 70: canada’s forgotten vimy ridge but for historian anthony wilson-smith, the president of historica canada, vimy has come to symbolize canada’s overall efforts in the war. I got the wonderful, exciting opportunity to meet general arthur currie yes dear, he is the great man who made the battle of vimy ridge successful as he led the 1 st canadian division in the battle but not only that, he is also the very first canadian to command canadian troops without any direction from the british army. The battle of vimy ridgean illustrated feature about the enduring legacy of the hard-fought battle of vimy ridge from veterans affairs canada the battle of vimy ridge, 9-12 april 1917 a brief overview of the military tactics that helped canadian infantry win the battle of vimy ridge.
First battle in which the canadian corps fought as a unit with an assignment that was its alone to carry out it was the first fully canadian victory in any war to that date the victory resulted in byng’s promotion and the union of the canadian corps under a canadian– general arthur currie. Created false stories about the battle of vimy ridge and of the great war in general because authors have illustrated their research on topics such as vimy ridge that are largely invalid due to popular notions of the canadian story at vimy. The battle at vimy ridge was the greates assertation in canadian sovereignty in wwi even tho she was under british rule, ultimately, canadian troups planned, rehearsed, followed through, and defeated the germans at vimy ridge under the command of canadian officers and officials. Commanded by lt-general sir julian byng and major-general arthur currie, the canadians were united into a single corp and given what was considered by many, this impossible task there were no british battalions ready to carry on through the breach in the german lines was the accurate re-creation of the battle area of vimy ridge to.
There is much to gain for general arthur currie in the battle of vimy ridge. The words of war photo there were many who believed in what they were dying for there were others who saw the entire war as a colossal, futile waste those voices were seldom made public at the time but in retrospect, they speak the loudest sir arthur currie, the general who commanded the unified canadian corps, said of this novel. Showing search results for battle of vimy ridge quotes, quotations & sayings 2018 nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes there is too much fraternizing with the enemy 10 up, 35 down henry kissinger quotes love quotes gain access to thousands of new quotes only available to registered users. By february the canadians were facing the german-held fortress of vimy ridge in northern france they were ordered to capture it as part of a larger allied offensive, of which the british portion was known as the battle of arras the madman and the butcher: the sensational wars of sam hughes and general arthur currie (toronto, 2010) and j. General currie, shown in this photo courtesy of for king and empire, succeeded general byng to take command of the canadian corps and its four divisions after the battle of vimy ridge scene in mons, belgium when the canadian army arrived in 1917 shortly before the battle of vimy ridge.
Although the last veteran of the battle passed away in 2006, the vimy ridge memorial still draws over 50,000 canadians every year who come to pay homage to the place where canadian independence, for all intents and purposes, was won with such a high cost in lives. There were high casuaties in the battle of ypres and the battle of the somme, with no real decisive victory the british and french had fought many battles attempting to get vimy ridge back from the germans, however, they were unsuccessful. The man in charge of the canadian assault on vimy ridge was lieutenant-general sir julian byng, above right, — leading to the canadians becoming byng’s boys. Canadian historians have also been drawn to the battle for vimy ridge when there is much to be learned from these commentaries on the evolution of command of third army his successor, lieutenant-general sir arthur currie, took command of the corps on 9 june and was quickly confronted with an outline.
According to general currie, hill 70 was the most difficult battle the canadians had fought to date, including second ypres and vimy ridge  for the six nations, this was a very important battle. Remembering vimy ridge hello all today has been rather a busy one, and show’s no signs of slowing down just yet you see, today is the 96th anniversary of the battle of vimy ridge, a major event in my nation’s history and a defining moment for all canadians the canadian corps – led by general arthur currie – was to take the. The battle of vimy ridge: remembering why it matters paul h chapin apr 12, 2017 april 12, 2017 zhome paul h chapin in command of the canadian first division was canadian major-general arthur currie the battle of vimy ridge was a long overdue good news story, despite the heavy toll.
Sir arthur william currie received numerous awards in 1915 and after the battle of vimy ridge he succeeded sir julien byng as general officer commanding the canadian corps9. The battle of vimy ridge was a military engagement fought primarily as part of the battle of arras , in the nord-pas-de-calais region of france , during the first world war the main combatants were the canadian corps , of four divisions, against three divisions of the german sixth army.
On the 100th anniversary of vimy ridge, it is time to celebrate the role of canada's most illustrious general and give him due accord currie did not cut a dashing military figure. Sir arthur currie, recently promoted to command the canadian corps, reconnoitered the positions and crafted a plan to seize the heights to the north of city, after first convincing his superiors to modify the main objectives. The british xvii corps, then facing vimy ridge during his brief spell there, and “fascinated bythe problems it presented [to an attacking but it was an advantage only if he could gain major-general arthur currie, commander of the 1st division, was the best of the senior canadian ofﬁcers at this point, as byng had clearly.