In the early morning hours of April 9, 1917, after meticulous planning, Canadian soldiers stormed Vimy Ridge. For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together, under the command of a Canadian.
The objective was to capture strategically important high ground, and they succeeded more than they knew. The battle came to define Canada’s newly independent place on the world stage.
That proud moment came at a terrible cost. More than 10,000 soldiers were killed and wounded in conditions we can scarcely imagine today.