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Vimy Ridge

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THE BATTLE AT VIMY RIDGE

To underscore the sacrifices made by Canada, which suffered 60,000 fatalities during the First World War, France granted Canada 107 hectares of land at Vimy to build and maintain a memorial. That iconic site is today considered one of the most stirring of all First World War monuments, and certainly Canada’s most important war memorial.

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge – Fast Facts

  • 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 southern flank had captured more ground, more prisoners and more guns than any previous British Expeditionary Force offensive.
  • Vimy Ridge was a particularly important tactical feature. Its capture by the Canadians was essential to the advances by the British Third Army to the south and of exceptional importance to checking the German attacks in the area in 1918.
  • The Canadians had demonstrated they were one of the outstanding formations on the Western Front and masters of offensive warfare.

PhotoGrid_1491772834375Mike Mountain Horse

The name of the school commemorates Mike Mountain Horse Miistatosomitai (1888 – 1964), a war veteran, scout and writer. Born and raised among the Blood tribe, he left home in 1894 to attend an Anglican boarding school. After his brother was killed in World War I, he joined the Canadian army and served overseas in France. Upon his return he worked at various Mounted Police detachments in the Lethbridge area and for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Launching a writing career in the 1920s, he wrote for the local newspapers and prepared a manuscript of the book, “My People the Bloods”, published by the Glenbow Museum and Blood Tribal Council in 1979. In the late 1950s Mike Mountain Horse retired to the Blood Reserve where he served one term on the tribal council.

– http://mmh.lethsd.ab.ca/About%20Mike.php

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