With historian Norm Christie as our guide we explore the battlefields, cemeteries, and monuments of the First World War. In their own words, the men who fought tell their stories, and we discover how the na?ve, amateur soldiers of 1914 became, by 1918, perhaps the most feared, efficient, and deadly Allied Corps on the Western Front the Canadian Corps.
Part 3: ST0RMING the RIDGE: The Canadians at Vimy – 1917
After a winter spent fighting the Germans along the deadly crater line, the 100,000 men of the Canadian Corps assault Germany's impregnable fortress Vimy Ridge - on Easter Monday, April 1917. It is one of the most brilliantly planned attacks of the war. Sweeping to victory, and consolidating their gains, the Canadians establish their reputation as elite troops; but at a cost of 21,000 dead, wounded, and missing.