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Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

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Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

Starting in March 2017, the War Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with five principal initiatives: a presentation by Dr. Tim Cook on the history behind the commemoration of Vimy, a special exhibition on Vimy and the nature of commemoration title Vimy – Beyond the Battle, a renewal of the Vimy section in the Museum’s First World War gallery and two exhibitions that will travel nationally and internationally. These initiatives will enhance public understanding of this iconic event and how it has shaped our perception of history. At the Museum Why Vimy Matters: The...

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Letter censorship on the front line

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Letter censorship on the front line

By Anthony Richards-30 May 2014 Keeping the Home Front posted, with millions of carefully censored letters zipping between soldiers and loved ones, was vital for maintaining morale. Each week, more than 12 million letters were delivered to soldiers during the First World War, providing opportunities to exchange news with family and friends, request parcels and confirm that they were still in one piece. As the main method of communicating with home, servicemen placed huge importance on correspondence which, from our modern perspective, can reveal the writer’s thoughts, beliefs and experiences while providing an immediacy often lacking in diaries or memoirs....

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

Courtesy of CBC Learning     Just before dawn on April 9, 1917, Lieutenant Claude Williams lay in a muddy trench in northern France, cold and shivering and ready for battle.     Williams, along with thousands of other Canadian soldiers, awaited the signal that would launch one the great battles of the First World War and represent the coming of age for Canada.     "At the arranged time, to the absolute second, suddenly, as dawn was breaking, every gun on the whole front opened up. The roar of the heavy guns was deafening," remembered Williams, a 21-year-old medical...

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

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Some of the Most Effective Melee Weapons of WWI, The Bayonet Was Not One of Them

By William Mclaughlin WWI was a terrifying fusion of old and new. An infantryman might have a slower-firing bolt action rifle, or he could find himself behind a rapid-firing Maxim gun. Mazes of trenches that ran for hundreds of miles were the setting of a lot of fighting. Trenches could be filled with gas, soaked and muddy, or partially collapsed by artillery. This made for frantic close-quarters-combat. In these confines and situations of overwhelming charges of men, melee weapons became extremely effective. A somewhat surprising fact is that the least preferred melee weapon was the bayonet, a knife attached to...

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Terror fears put an end to Vimy Ridge trip

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Terror fears put an end to Vimy Ridge trip

Public school board ‘will exercise a high degree of caution’ as it axes trip to commemorate 1917 battle Waterloo Region Record By Jeff Outhit  WATERLOO REGION — The public school board says the terrorism risk is too great to send 80 students to France to honour Canadian soldiers who died to make France free. On Remembrance Day, the Waterloo Region District School Board confirmed it is cancelling an April trip to commemorate the 1917 battle at Vimy Ridge, widely regarded as a nation-building victory. The school board cites Canada's advice to "exercise a high degree of caution" when visiting France,...

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