• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the first World War beginning on April 6, 1917.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the first World War beginning on April 6, 1917. This battle stands out in my mind because during the early stages of war, the Canadian troops were largely an untried and untrained army. During the battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians began to shape their identity as a nation. When the first World War started in 1914, Canada was a very different country than it is today. During that time, Canada had a population of more than eight million people and most of them were immigrants. Canada wasn\'t really recognized as a separate nation and was thought of as dependent on Britain. Canada had an army of 660,000 men. Most of these men served in France and Flanders. ...read more.

Middle

The victory happened quickly and three of the four divisions achieved their goal by capturing r part of the Ridge by noon that day. The final hill was captured two days later. The Canadian front line had been pushed forward four kilometers which is an enormous distance in trench warfare. The Canadians had intensive training and excellent planning and it paid off. They showed the utmost courage while performing the attack. This proved to the world that the Canadians were a dedicated, hardworking, and extremely forceful attack troop. They won the battle on their own and without being lead by a British commander. The Canadians were becoming highly respected and loved throughout Europe. For their courage, four Canadians were awarded with Victoria Crosses which is Canada\'s highest honor for bravery. ...read more.

Conclusion

Canada was a proud, strong, independent nation and the victory at Vimy Ridge greatly contributed to this \"separation\" from Britain. Vimy was chosen as the site for Canada\'s greatest memorial of the First World War. The French government allowed the 250 acres of land on the Ridge to be used by Canada to erect a memorial and a design by a Toronto sculptor was chosen. It was made up two tall pylons symbolizing Canada and France. This was a place to commemorate both the battle and the memory of the 11,285 Canadians who died in France and have no known graves. Vimy was a military victory won with Canadian ingenuity, innovation and courage. Very few Vimy veterans are alive today but the memory of what they achieved will endure forever. It is a symbol of what Canadians can achieve in both war and peace. On this Remembrance day let us remember that achievement. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. This essay will consist of a number of Interpretations some agreeing with the popular ...

    Posters were quickly put up all over Britain with slogans quoted from Winston Churchill, "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Slogans like this imbedded into people's minds that the heroic R.A.F. pilots whom the Germans outnumbered, beat them against all odds.

  2. The Battle Of Hastings was in the year 1066, in the medieval times.The battle ...

    But sometimes Harold Godwinson can be cantankerous. Good Luck: Luckily, Harold Godwinson went to battle with Harold Hadraada and defeated Harold Hadraada. So then it will be easier for Harold Godwinson because that is Harold Hadraada out of the way so he won't be under pressure as much as before.

  1. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

    As a result of this, the radar station at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight functioned throughout the battle and gave Fighter Command vital information regarding German targets. This change of tactics made by the Germans was crucial in deciding the outcome of the battle; it could be argued that this is what cost Germany the battle.

  2. Pre 1914 War Poetry - The Drum and Drummer Hodge analysed.

    He's showing his own point of view, and says 'it talks'. This carries on the idea of symbolising the drum. He then begins a series of physical descriptions of the reality of war, trying to appeal to people's senses. 'Ravaged plains', 'burning towns', and 'ruined swains', are all physical descriptions of war.

  1. Look at a variety of poems but First World War Poet comparing the different ...

    more personal tone and makes it seem more of a private subject and the reason Owen is so angry with his female friend is because she should have been there to see it, he shouldn't have to describe the face of a dead man to her, he shouldn't have seen

  2. Saving Private Ryan Examine Steven Spielberg's use of images and Presentation of war. ...

    and shows the audience how scared the soldiers where likely to be and the poor conditions they lived in. I believe that the use of non-diegetic sounds signifies the start and end of the battle scene. Diegetic sounds are used during the battle scene's to show how people had to

  1. Compare the presentation of war in the Olivier and Branagh versions of 'Henry V'. ...

    of whom had family directly involved in the second world war, that the sacrifices being made were majestic and patriotic. Branagh also appeared in many of Shakespeare's plays after joining the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 23. He then formed his own company, called the Renaissance Theatre Company.

  2. Why did Britain win the battle of Britain?

    The Luftwaffe varied its tactics considerably to try to find a way through the RAF defences. It launched many free-roving fighter sweeps, known as Freie Jagd or "Free Hunts" to try to draw up RAF fighters. However, the RAF fighter controllers were often able to detect the free hunts and manoeuvre squadrons around them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work