Discover New Perspectives On the Battle of Vimy Ridge

November 20, 2018 | Andrew

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The Armistice of 11 November 1918 ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent Germany. Also known as the The Treaty of Compiègne from the place where it was signed, it came into force at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month") and marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany, although not formally a surrender.

Talk on the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Take time to remember the end of the First World War just over 100 years ago this year by joining speaker Michael Wilcox of Historica Canada for a lively discussion on aspects of the Battle of Vimy Ridge not normally discussed. Learn about the battle from new perspectives, using new sources and asking new questions focusing on letters written by Canadian soldiers and photos by war photographers. These primary sources offer great insight into the human dimension of the war.

This program is co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and North York Central Library Society and Recreation Department. 

Wednesday November 21, 7:30-9 P.M.

North York Central Library, program Room 101 .

Admission is free and no registration is required.

Canada and Vimy Ridge

The Canadian victory at Vimy is seen by many as a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded.

You can discover photos about the Battle of Vimy Ridge including the monument, veterans and more from various sources including the Toronto Star Archives in our TPL Digital Archive. Here are just a few of the historical photos on Vimy you can discover:

Vimy Ridge Memorial
Vimy Ridge Memorial. Photo courtesy of Toronto Star Archives.

Vimy Ridge Memorial: More than 6,000 tons of marble were used in the memorial in northern France to Canadians killed in World War I, designed by Walter Allward. 


German Front Line Trenches
German Front Line Trenches. Photo courtesy of Toronto Star Archives.

Impregnable, but captured. It was here that, until April 9, 1917, the German front-line twisted its sinuous way across the brow of Vimy Ridge, glowering down on and menacing the lower-lying Canadian trenches.


Lieutenant Edgar P. Black 43 Battery CFA Killed In Action Vimy Ridge 6.6.1917
Lieut. Edgar P. Black, 43 Battery CFA. Photo courtesy of the L. L. Youell War Collection.

Lieut. Edgar P. Black 43 Battery CFA was killed in action Vimy 6/6/17. 


Lest we forget all our brave Canadians everywhere, the men and women of our Canadian Air Force, Army and Navy who made the ultimate sacrifice in both World Wars, the Korean War, following conflicts and peacekeeping duties to ensure we all live in a peaceful and democratic society. Remember also our surviving veterans. Thank them for their service to Canada whenever and wherever they were stationed around the world.

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