Vimy: The Battle and the Legend by Tim Cook For the past century, politicians, soldiers, authors, and journalists have argued that that country of Canada was not truly born at Confederation in 1867, but during the First World War, at Vimy Ridge. 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days-twice the casualty rate of the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. However to Canadians it has a deeper meaning, it is the battle that symbolizes Canada during the First World War and is thought of as the birthplace of the nation. The Battle of Vimy Ridge, to most of the world it is just a small battle that took place over Easter weekend 1917 as part of the larger British offensive (Battle of Arras). Over time, the legend of Vimy took on new meaning, with some calling it the “birth of the nation.” The remarkable story of Vimy is a layered skein of facts, myths, wishful thinking, and conflicting narratives.

Award-winning writer Tim Cook explores why the battle continues to … This is not only the best relatively concise account of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the great Canadian victory fought a century ago on April 9-12, 1917, it is also the most comprehensive history of the history of the Vimy legend as it has evolved over the past century.

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