The Battle Of Vimy Ridge

By: Jayden


On Easter Monday of April 9th, 1917, the battle of Vimy Ridge located in Pas-de-Calais, France, started with over twenty thousand Canadian soldiers. They carried up to thirty six kilograms of very heavy equipment. It was not easy for Canada and Britain to capture Vimy Ridge which cost peoples lives. The leader of the allies in this battle was Julian Byng and the Central Powers was Ludwig Von Falkenhausen. This was one of the biggest battles that ever happened, and one of the most known battles of World War I.


The Allies wanted to capture Vimy Ridge so bad because it was a stronghold that protected many German forces, stationed in the Douai Plates below the Ridge. Vimy was approximately seven kilometers in length, and two hundred feet above the Douai Plates which provides a view for tens of kilometers in all directions. If the Ridge was captured, the Canadian forces had a plan to launch an attack on the German forces. Capturing Vimy also stopped the Germans from being able to launch an attack on the British forces that was going to be on the other side of the channel.


After four days in Vimy Ridge they went through a lot trying to capture it but finally did. At the end there were 3,598 Canadians killed and another 7,004 wounded.


After all of this the 3,598 people sacrificed their lives to capture Vimy Ridge.