April 9, 2019 | by: Amanda Misner

Photos: Remembering The Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Battle of Vimy Ridge in April of 1917 is considered to be a pivotal moment in Canada’s history. It was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force jointly participated in a battle. Troops came from all across the country to fight as one.

The Canadian Corps achieved what the Allied troops previously couldn’t. Since October 1914, German troops had held their position at Vimy and had heavily fortified their lines. The British and the French made several attempts to take Vimy, which resulted in over 100,000 casualties.

At 5:30 a.m. on April 9th the four Canadian Divisions attacked Vimy Ridge, they attacked in the snow, sleet, and wind driving into the enemy lines. It took three more days for the Canadians to capture the last objective. The fighting left 3,598 Canadians dead and another 7,000 wounded.

Below are archival images of Canadian soldiers during the operation at Vimy Ridge

 

Canadian soldiers searching trenches for Germans, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge
William Ivor Castle. Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001129

 

The Canadian Light Horse going into action at Vimy Ridge
William Ivor Castle. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001111

 

Canadians giving a lorry a helping hand on a shell battered road on Vimy Ridge
Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001238

 

Soldiers treating a wounded German on the battlefield at Vimy Ridge
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001121

 

German prisoners help Canadian Red Cross men carry wounded on a light railway for evacuation, Vimy Ridge
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001035

 

Wounded soldiers on stretchers wait to be loaded on light railway cars, Vimy Ridge
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001034

 

Naval gun firing over Vimy Ridge behind Canadian lines at night. May, 1917
Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001879

 

Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge
William Ivor Castle. Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001332

 

Canadians enjoying a game of cards in a shell hole on Vimy Ridge
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada. PA-001181

 

Canadians advancing with a tank over “No Man’s Land” at Vimy Ridge
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001496

 

Jubilant Canadian soldiers return to their billets after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, May 1917
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001353

 

17th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, firing a German 4.2 gun on the retreating Germans
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001018

 

Mule team drawing ammunition on a light railway truck near Petit Vimy
Canada. Departmen of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001135

 

28th Battalion establishing a signal station at the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001096

 

A large-calibre gun firing over Vimy Ridge
Canada. Dept. of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001187

 

Bringing back a captured German gun
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001014

 

Canadians wading through a muddy road
Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001149

 

Bringing in the wounded from the battlefield
William Ivor Castle. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-001125