Even though I realize that this is a WW2 forum................... 92 years ago this April 9, Canada did basically in 1 day what her allies could not accomplish in almost 2 years. After 3 days of intense battle, Vimy Ridge was in the hands of the Canadians. My great-grandfather fought in WW1, not sure if he was at Vimy, but I do know he suffered from a gas attack in the trenches in France and was blinded for life. It is for him and many many others who fought in WW1, that I felt that this thread should be shared with you all. Click here for Vimy video The Story Of Vimy Ridge: One of the greatest battles in Canadian history was the battle at Vimy Ridge, which began on 9 April 1917. Canadian bravery and valour led to the tremendous victory for the entire Allied Force and was considered the turning point of WWI. Vimy Ridge was a formidable stronghold to breach. It was here that the Germans’ heavily fortified Hindenburg Line met with their main trench lines leading north from Hill 70 near Arras, France. The German fortifications consisted of three layers of trenches, barbed wire and deep tunnels. The natural slope of the hill provided little cover for attacking Allied troops. French attempts to wrest control of the ridge throughout 1915 were rebuffed, resulting in some 150,000 French casualties. When the British army relieved French operations in March 1916, they were driven back before they could plan a major attack. The crucial goal of the battle at Vimy Ridge was to break through the impenetrable German lines. For the first time in World War I, all four Canadian divisions fought on the same battlefield. They were led by Sir Arthur William Currie, who was the first Canadian-appointed commander of the Canadian Corps. Currie determinedly kept the Canadian divisions together rather than having them mixed in with various British units. It was the first time the Canadians fought together, and they achieved a magnificent victory, sweeping the Germans off the ridge. Early in the morning of 9 April 1917, 20,000 soldiers attacked in the first wave of fighting. By that afternoon, the two front lines had been taken by the Canadian Corps. By 12 April, the entire ridge was under Allied control. When Hill 145, the highest feature on the ridge, fell, the operation was considered to be a resounding success. The ridge remained in Allied hands for the duration of the war. The victory of the battle of Vimy Ridge did not come without cost: Canadian casualties reached 10,602, of which 3,598 were killed. The opposing German force sustained a further 20,000 casualties. During this single campaign, four Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross and the entire Canadian contingent was commended for their bravery. Memorial to men of the 2nd Canadian Division who were killed at Vimy Ridge. Canadians searching captured German trenches for hiding Germans at Vimy Ridge, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Stretcher bearers and German prisoners bringing in wounded at Vimy Ridge, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Canadians searching captured German trenches for hiding Germans at Vimy Ridge, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Canadian advanced reserves digging themselves in under shell fire during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadian Light Horse going into action at Vimy Ridge. Shrapnel bursting over Canadian troops in the act of digging themselves in at Vimy Ridge. April, 1917. A German soldier beyond human aid. Vimy Ridge. April, 1917. Tending a wounded German on the battlefield. Vimy Ridge. April, 1917. Light Railroad truck with wounded on board. Vimy Ridge. April, 1917. Stretcher cases waiting to be loaded on light Railway. Vimy Ridge. April, 1917. Examining a skull found on battlefield of Vimy Ridge. Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge. 29th Infantry Batallion advancing over "No Man's Land" through the German barbed wire and heavy fire during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The taking of Vimy Ridge. Canadians advancing with a tank over 'No Man's Land'. July, 1917. 17th Battery C.F.A. firing a German 4.2 on the retreating Boche. Photograph taken during Battle of Vimy Ridge. Canadian machine gunners dug in shell holes in Vimy advance. April, 1917. Happy Canadians wading through muddy road. April, 1917. Tank advancing with Infantry at Vimy. April 1917. 28th Battalion establishes a Signalling HQ and gest into communication with aeroplanes. Bringing in wounded Canadian soldiers from the battlefield. View over the crest of Vimy Ridge showing the village of Vimy , which was captured by Canadian troops. Vimy Memorial To Canada.