Canadian Vimy Memorial

During the First World War, my region, the Pas-de-Calais was the place of many battles. In Vimy (my city), on April 1917, a great offensive was launched by Canadian Corps, the battle was terrible and many soldiers were killed there, but the Canadian succeeded in taking the ridge of Vimy to the Germans.

During the First World War, my region, the Pas-de-Calais was the place of many battles. In Vimy (my city), on April 1917, a great offensive was launched by Canadian Corps, the battle was terrible and many soldiers were killed there, but the Canadian succeeded in taking the ridge of Vimy to the Germans.

This battle is important for Canadians because it was their first victory as an independent nation. Thanks to Canada, France gave the land of the battle to the people of Canada and they erected there a monument. Now, it is a beautiful place, peaceful, very luminous when the sun shines and sometimes when the wind rushes inside, we can hear a plaintive song.

Near the monument, the landscape is strange, the ground was left as it was after the bombings, it is bumpy and it was not cleared of mines, only the cheeps can go there to mow the grass. It was wooded and each tree represents a dead soldier. Some trenches were kept, so we can see that the enemy lines were distant only of few meters. I like this place and to take pictures it is a fantastic place, because the light and the sky changed at every moment on the white stone of the monument. If you go by the North of France, don’t forget to stop at this place….

http://olivier.ct.club.fr/vimy/PageCadre.html

http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/vimy/sculptures_e.html

written by milkie on 2008-05-09 #places #art #culture #analog #location

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