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Vimy Ridge and Thain MacDowell’s Victoria Cross

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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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Battle of Vimy Ridge

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Battle of Vimy Ridge

Article by Richard Foot published 07/20/06 last edited 06/24/15 from Historica Canada The Battle of Vimy Ridge, during the First World War, is Canada's most celebrated military victory — a sometimes mythologized symbol of the birth of Canadian national pride and awareness. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge from 9 to 12 April, 1917 and succeeded in capturing it from the German army. More than 10,500 Canadians were killed and wounded in the assault. Today an iconic white memorial atop the ridge commemorates the battle and honours the 11,285 Canadians...

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Fast Facts (Courtesy of Veteran's Affairs Canada)

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Fast Facts  (Courtesy of Veteran's Affairs Canada)

(Photo Courtesy of Brandi Murray it is an excerpt from her Great Grandfathers War Diary.) The assault on Vimy Ridge, the northern part of the wider battle of Arras, began at 5:30 am on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. It was the first occasion on which all four divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked as a composite formation. The Canadian achievement in capturing Vimy Ridge owed its success to a range of technical and tactical innovations, very powerful artillery preparation, sound and meticulous planning and thorough preparation. At Vimy, the Canadian Corps and the British XVII Corps on their immediate...

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