1917 – April to June
Vimy Ridge: April 9-12, 1917 – This battle marked the first engagement of the complete Canadian Corps (4 Divisions), fighting as a formation within the British 1st Army. The Canadian Corps (with one British Division attached and over 100,000 soldiers) took the enemy trenches, gained control and held the high ground that dominated the region. They then stormed down the ridge and fought through and beyond the village of Vimy. The cost of winning the battle was high. Canadians suffered over 10,500 casualties, of which 3,598 soldiers were killed in action. For the 49th Battalion’s part in the battle read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.
This is the twelfth in a series of quarterly newsletters recognizing 100th anniversary events of the First World War. We want to highlight significant and/or interesting events, people, stories and artifacts from that war with an emphasis on Edmonton and the 49th Battalion. The newsletter also includes articles related to 75th anniversary events of the Second World War and to more current events, including museum activities. Anyone wishing to be included on our email contact list to received copies of our newsletter should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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