The Battle and the Legend

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An examination of the battle of Vimy Ridge and how memory of it has evolved over 100 years. Unlike any other battle in Canadian history, Vimy Ridge has been described as the "birth of the nation." But few historians have examined how, or why the battle continues to resonate with Canadians. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. Over 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days--twice the casualty rate of the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. With new material and photographs from official archives and private collections from across Canada and around the world, Cook not only brings the battle to life, but tells the story of Canadian identity.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Allen Lane, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735233164
Branch Call Number: 940.431 COO
Characteristics: 500 pages : illustrations, maps


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Dec 05, 2017

Oct 2017 to Nov 2017......(We read out loud to each other almost every night, 5 or more pages each.....a great way to share a book.) This was our "read-out-loud" selection beginning in Oct, getting us into the right frame of mind for Nov 11. The first few chapters are about the battle (brutal) but after that is just great history about the war in general, and the history of the monument and how it's meaning evolved over the years....learned a lot, and made our Remembrance Day ceremony attendance more meaningful. (We have three Legions in our small town, which used to be 5 towns that amalgamated back in the '70's, so very busy on Nov 11 attending all the ceremonies.) (Great chili too!)

Apr 22, 2017

Very informative and made me proud to be a Canadien although Quebec was against conscription as they felt cheated but the 22 iem was there

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