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(n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2018, from http://www.warmuseum.ca/the-battle-of-vimy-ridge/Works Cited There were many battles where thousands ofCanadians lost their lives as they were fighting for our rights and our freedomsuch as Juno Beach, Dieppe and the Battles of Gravenstafel ridge and St.Julien. The battle of Vimy Ridge, the battle of Canal Du Nord and Cambrai andthe battle of Amiens were without a doubt the three bloodiest world warbattles, resulting in the highest number of lost Canadian soldiers.
Herman Kahnsaid, “World war 1 broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War 2because of the lack in arms race.” The bloodiest battle of World War 1 and World War2 would be the battle of Canal du Nord and Cambrai as there was the most amountof men killed or wounded during the battle. All Canadian battles worked withAllied forces to defeat enemy troops.
Although all three battles ended with avictory, thousands of men lost their lives fighting for our country. Eventhough the battle of Canal du Nord and Cambrai had the most men killed andinjured, all battles in any war are very tragic as many men and women nevercome home to their loved ones and they should all be acknowledged for theirbravery and sacrifice. If it were not for every single person that has foughtfor our country we may not be a free country today, and one major thing thatties all battles together would be how many men and women lost their lives orare emotionally or physically scarred from fighting in wars so our country canremain a free country.The battle of Canal duNord and Cambrai began on September 27 1918 on the Western Front (surrounding Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands,the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany) where the Canadian troops neededto win the territory of the canal before they could reach their goal of conqueringthe city of Cambrai. This battle was one of many fought in the “hundredday offensive” which was a time where a number of allies fought battles towardsthe end of World War 1. Combat engineers went along with the troops to buildbridges, and fix roads as the Germans had flooded the canal and the only placeswithout flooding, the German troops had claimed. The Canadian troops used a newstrategy for this battle; the troops attacked from different areas and theyused the entire front. At 5:20am all four divisions attacked and by mid-morningall of the German troops were captured or retreated.
During the battle theCanadian 1st, 2nd, and 4th division had asetback when they ran into unmapped wire. While travelling through the Nord-Pasde Calais region, on Douai Road, many died from an unplanned attack by the Germans.The battle ended with an Allied victory on October 11, 1918 as they capturedBoulon Wood, although over 30,000 Canadians died or were wounded during thebattle of Cambrai, along with 13,000 wounded or killed during the fight for thecanal.The battle of Amiens began on August 8 1918 on theWestern Front (surrounding Denmark, Norway,Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, andGermany). There was a total of eleven divisions during this battle, threeBritish divisions, four Canadian divisions, and four Australian divisions whichhad a total of 75,000 men.
The Germans had a total of 37,000 men. Preparing forthe battle, the Allied troops tricked the Germans by appearing to weaken theirfront line so the German troops expect that it will not be a hard battle. Alsothe troops would move to the front line during the night so the Germans couldnot see how many troops there were, as well as making “fake” moves such as,making noise, dust and fake radio communication during the day. The Canadiantroops were assigned the attack the German 4th army. The Royal AirForce used smoke screens to hide attacking Canadian troops. The battle began at4:20am on August 8, 1918. The Germans were taken by surprise by the number oftanks, firepower and men the Allied army had.
The first day was a success,although there was 6,500 Australian and Canadian casualties. The allied troopspushed the Germans out of France, pushing them back a total of 12 km. Many ofthe Germans surrendered the first chance they got.
This had been the biggestloss for Germany since the war started and it became known as “Black day”. The battleof Amiens ended on August 11, 1918. Although it ended in an Allied victory, itended with 1,036 Canadians killed, 2,803 injured and 29 taken prisoner. The battleof Vimy Ridge began on April 9 1917 in Northern France. The Canadian troopsbegan arriving at Vimy Ridge in October 1916 and by the time of December 1916all four Canadian divisions were stationed at Vimy Ridge. This was the firsttime all four divisions were together for a battle. The engineers dug tunnelsfrom the rear of the ridge to the front in order for soldiers to safely travel.While preparing for the battle, they would use horses at night to carry water, foodand guns needed.
This allowed them to get their supplies with being detected bythe Germans. The Canadians had an unlimited supply of shells which helpedduring their attack and battle. There were “preliminary attacks” on theGermans. On March 1 1917, the 4thdivision created a sudden attack on the Germans and unfortunately 687 Canadiansdied. From April 1-8 1917 over one million artillery rounds were fired against theGermans and their trenches were destroyed. The battle began on April 9 1917 asthe 1st, 2nd and 3rd Canadian Divisionscompleted their objectives and pushed the Germans back.
The 4thCanadian Division completed their objectives although it did not go as plannedafter the trenches collapsed. On April 10, 1917 the Canadians attacked the remainingGermans to capture Vimy Ridge. Throughout the battle, the Canadians initiatedhand-to-hand combat as they went into the German trenches. The Canadiansattacked the Germans stationed at “the Pimple” (a large hill that the Germanswere hiding behind) on April 12, 1917 and pushed the Germans back into thevillage of Givenchy-en-Gohelle.
Canada ends the battle in victory against theGermans on April 12, 1917. Roy Henley, a Canadian World War 1 veteran said,”you saw a bush. You swore that bush was somebody creeping up on you. A perfectsolider in that war would have been somebody with no imagination what so ever.But we all had too much imagination.
” There were many battles where thousandsof Canadians lost their lives as they were fighting for our rights and ourfreedom such as Juno Beach, Dieppe and the Battles of Gravenstafel ridge andSt. Julien. The battle of Vimy Ridge, the battle of Canal Du Nord and Cambraiand the battle of Amiens were without a doubt the three bloodiest world warbattles, resulting in the highest number of lost Canadian soldiers.