Vimy Ridge: Coming of Age for Canada Analytical Essay

Looks at the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge for Canada in World War I and its heritage.
# 152081 | 1,590 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | CA

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This paper explains that the Battle of Vimy Ridge is considered to be one of the greatest achievement of the Canadian military in terms of strategic importance or of the end results. Because it was the first time in history when all four Canadian divisions, consisting of soldiers from all parts of the country, fought as a single force, the author believes that Battle of Vimy Ridge created an image of national unity and achievement, which was what initially gave the battle importance for Canada. The paper concludes that Canada's national identity and nationhood were born out of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which is an opinion that is popularly held in military and general histories of Canada. Footnotes are included in the paper.

From the Paper:

"Canada's victory at Vimy Ridge cannot be understated. Winning the ridge itself might not have been of strategic importance to the Allies however the emotional and psychological impact cannot be ignored. Battle of Vimy Ridge was not only a battle fought with bullets and artilleries in the trenches, but with wits and propaganda. Victory at the ridge was as much a propaganda victory as it was a military one. The year Vimy Ridge was won was devastating for the Allies, it was the deadliest year and the Allied soldiers were exhausted, however Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge provided a significant morale boost for the Allies and to exploit this outcome the victory was propagated more than the actual gains. The morale boost and the innovation that the Vimy Ridge victory provided the Allied forces with proved crucial for the overall war effort. For example Vimy helped to break the German offensive in the final phases of the war. The victory also helped boost the confidence within Canadian Corps as shown by the fact that Canadians won the later battles such as capture of the Arleux Village. Most importantly, when the French and British Generals consulted the Canadians to help formulate strategies and methods that were used at Vimy in order to try to recreate the Canadian success goes to show the importance of Vimy for the Allied front."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berton, Pierre. Vimy. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd, 1986.
  • Christie, N.M. Winning The Ridge: The Canadians at Vimy Ridge, 1917. Nepean: CEF Books, 1998.
  • Franklin Vance, Jonathan. Dead so Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997.
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  • Pierce, John. "Constructing Memory: The Vimy Memorial." Canadian Military History, accessed 2012: 4-14.

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