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News — 1917

Vimy Ridge and Thain MacDowell’s Victoria Cross

1917 April 9 Canadian Army Canadian Army captain Thain MacDowell machine gun Remembering Vimy Ridge Soldiers’ Tower at U of T. The Battle of Vimy Ridge tunnels U of T Magazine valour Victoria Cross

Vimy Ridge and Thain MacDowell’s Victoria Cross

By Steve Brearton, U of T Magazine In the pre-dawn gloom of April 9, 1917, Canadian Army captain Thain MacDowell slipped over the top of his trench in northern France and began advancing toward Vimy Ridge. As heavy guns from his battalion rained shells down on German defensive positions, the 26-year-old MacDowell became separated from his fellow soldiers. Attended by only a pair of runners, he continued forward, lobbing a pair of hand grenades at two German machine gun nests that were guarding an underground dugout. MacDowell scored a direct hit. He approached the dugout and called down the tunnel...

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The Road To Vimy 100: How One Soldier Changed My Life

1917 21st Battalion April 9 Canadian Infantry EF Educational Tours November 11th Remembrance Day The Battle of Vimy Ridge The Great War Thélus Military Cemetery Treaty of Versailles Vimy Memorial Vimy Ridge WWI

The Road To Vimy 100: How One Soldier Changed My Life

Story shared from EF Educational Tours David is a Social Studies teacher from Summerside, PEI.  “I have been teaching at my school since 1995, but I didn’t catch the travel bug until about 10 years later.  I have always had a deep appreciation and respect for our veterans every November 11th. On a typical Remembrance Day, I would be sure to attend a ceremony at a local cenotaph and pay my respects in that fashion. My love affair with historical travel began almost in accident in 2006, when I participated in a summer institute and study program where I travelled...

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Battle Tactics. April 1917 Information graciously provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

1917 1st Division April 9 Battle Tactics Carrier pigeons Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew L. McNaughton Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond Brutinel Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie Major-General Arthur Currie McGill University No Man’s Land sound ranging tank trenches WWI

Battle Tactics. April 1917 Information graciously provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

(The Model reproduction of German lines. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.) The taking of Vimy Ridge was a great military accomplishment — Canadians had succeeded where others had failed. Of course, the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died there were the essence of the victory, assisted by novel battle tactics and preparations What lay before our sons just born? – To crawl through a sand box mixed with blood. To form a line that eats, inch by inch, across a wasted strip of land coveted by all. The First World War, from a technological standpoint, was...

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