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Title: Battle of Vimy Ridge Anniversary
Post by: Shelldrake on April 09, 2012, 08:17:03 AM
On Easter Monday, April 9, 1917 the Canadian Corps assaulted German-held Vimy Ridge. By April 12 Vimy Ridge was in Canadian hands.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/07/canada-remembers-vimy-ridge (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/07/canada-remembers-vimy-ridge)

Pierre Berton's book on the battle is well worth reading.

http://www.amazon.ca/Vimy-Pierre-Berton/dp/0850529883 (http://www.amazon.ca/Vimy-Pierre-Berton/dp/0850529883)
Title: Re: Battle of Vimy Ridge Anniversary
Post by: Barthheart on April 09, 2012, 12:56:32 PM
Good post!

My Great Uncle Harold fought in that battle. He uesd to tell us stories of being in France, but nothing of the fighting.
About 40 years ago, 2 years before he died, he gave me these two .303 Lee Enfield shell casings he'd brought back with him.
They have an honoured spot on my book case.

(http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/8586/img0661bp.jpg)
Title: Re: Battle of Vimy Ridge Anniversary
Post by: MIGMaster on April 09, 2012, 06:05:34 PM
Yeah - I've noticed lots of good TV and news stories on Vimy - good for usw and our kids to learn about !