Hill 70: Our Forgotten Battle

August 15th marked the centenary of the Battle of Hill 70, the Canadian Corps’ next large engagement after their success at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, and their second victory of the year. It is also distinct in that it was the first Canadian battle planned exclusively by Arthur Currie, now the commander of the Corps. So why don’t we know anything about it? Continue reading “Hill 70: Our Forgotten Battle”

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“Canada’s Day”: The myth of Vimy Ridge

“Battle of Vimy Ridge 1917. Canadian machine gunners fire on retreating Germans” ["Canadian machine gunners dig themselves in, in shell holes on Vimy Ridge." Official title.] Alfred Soden English Fonds, Collections CCGW/CCGG
“Battle of Vimy Ridge 1917. Canadian machine gunners fire on retreating Germans” [“Canadian machine gunners dig themselves in, in shell holes on Vimy Ridge.” Official title.] Alfred Soden English Fonds, Collections CCGW/CCGG
Since tomorrow is the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, that often mentioned hallmark of Canadian nationhood, it’s appropriate to have a blog post discussing the battle. Vimy is very hard to write about; it is brought forward every year as THE Canadian battle of the First World War, and with all the accompanying platitudes and official language it can feel a little bit stale. Continue reading ““Canada’s Day”: The myth of Vimy Ridge”