Today marks the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The Canadian Corps - supported by the great minds of generals Byng and Currie, and pushed forward by the dogged unending determination that by then had already become a staple of the volunteer Canadian infantry - won the first great Allied victory of the war, capturing a fortified strategic position in three days that French and British troops could not retake in three years. Canadian troops from every corner of the country spilled their blood on that ridge. Four thousand lay dead by the end of the operation. Another six thousand were wounded, many of them maimed for life.
It was our first great victory of the war.
It was a veritable hell on earth for the men of the Canadian Corps.
The birth of the Canadian nation was brought on by their sacrifice.
“Stormtroopers” was the name the Germans gave to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canada’s army in WW1) after they captured Vimy Ridge, a German position that France and Britain had tried to capture multiple times, in about an hour.