Vimy Ridge

A Canadian Reassessment
 
 
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 23. März 2007
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 368 Seiten
978-1-55458-227-3 (ISBN)
 
On the morning of 9 April 1917, troops of the Canadian Corps under General Julian Byng attacked the formidable German defences of Vimy Ridge. Since then, generations of Canadians have shared a deep emotional attachment to the battle, inspired partly by the spectacular memorial on the battlefield. Although the event is considered central in Canadian military history, most people know very little about what happened during that memorable Easter in northern France. Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment draws on the work of a new generation of scholars who explore the battle from three perspectives. The first assesses the Canadian Corps within the wider context of the Western Front in 1917. The second explores Canadian leadership, training, and preparations and details the story of each of the four Canadian divisions. The final section concentrates on the commemoration of Vimy Ridge, both for contemporaries and later generations of Canadians. This long-overdue collection, based on original research, replaces mythology with new perspectives, new details, and a new understanding of the men who fought and died for the remarkable achievement that was the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
  • Englisch
  • Waterloo, Ontario
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  • Kanada
black & white illustrations, maps
  • Höhe: 228 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 22 mm
  • 542 gr
978-1-55458-227-3 (9781554582273)
155458227X (155458227X)
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Geoffrey Hayes is in the History Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario; he is also Associate Director, Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario . Andrew Iarocci's principal research interests include Canada's First World War military operations and post-war commemoration. Mike Bechthold is the managing editor of Canadian Military History and the communications director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He teaches military history at Wilfrid Laurier University.
"The articles are of uniformly high quality in both writing and research. Although they cannot all claim to offer fresh reassessments, some are genuinely useful and original.... Surprisingly, Godefroy discovers that the German army's official records do not describe Vimy as a defeat but rather as a minor tactical reverse. Given the British expeditionary force's inability to exploit the capture of the ridge and launch a full-scale breakthrough, it was hardly a meaningful defeat for the Germans. Indeed, according to the records of some German units, containing the Canadians and British around Vimy was itself a victory, since the Canadians suffered over 10,000 casualities for the sake of only a few square kilometres. Unfamiliar perspectives such as these, plus the detailed articles on battlefield medics and the history of the Vimy Ridge memorial, ensure that this volume truly stands out."--Matt Gurney "International Journal, Winter 2008-2009 "

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