Battle of Vimy Ridge- 9–12 April 1917
On the morning of April 9th, 1917, Canadian and British soldiers launched their attack on the German-held area piece of land.
Canadian signaler J.A. Bain said of the attack: “It is hard to find suitable words to describe the awful uproar made by thousands of our guns and the shells passing through the air, bursting on and over the enemy’s trenches ahead of us.”
For three days 10,000 infantrymen of the Canadian Corps ruthlessly attacked the ridge with bayonets, rifles, and incredibly planning. Gunners fired at the Germans and leapfrogged their way closer and closer to victory. On the third and final day, with over 3,500 Canadians killed, even more wounded, Vimy Ridge was in allied hands.
“Just after we arrived at our final objective… one of our own shrapnel shells burst over me. I felt the concussion and was lightly hit on the shoulder, but when I picked myself up, I found that I was quite alright. However, a man had been standing a few feet ahead of me and he was killed by the same shell.”
said infantry officer Percy Menzies after the battle.