Victory at Vimy, Canada Comes of Age: April 9-12, 1917
Thomas Allen Publishers
January 26, 2007
From the author of JUNO: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944, comes a new book about the Famous Canadian Victory at Vimy Ridge.
At the height of the First World War, on Easter Monday April 9, 1917, in early morning sleet, forty-nine battalions of the Canadian Corps rose along a nine-mile line of trenches in northern France against the occupying Germans. All four Canadian divisions advanced in a line behind a well-rehearsed creeping barrage of artillery fire. By nightfall, the Germans had suffered a major setback. The Ridge, which other Allied troops had assaulted previously and failed to take, was firmly in Canadian hands.
It was the first time Canadians had fought as a distinct national army, and in many ways it was a coming of age for the nation. Based on first-hand accounts, like JUNO: Canadians at D-Day, Ted Barris paints a compelling and surprising human picture of what it was like to have stormed and taken Vimy Ridge.
Praise for Ted Barris’s Victory at Vimy…
“Barris has gathered the best of these soldiers’ words to tell his story, often with breathtaking simplicity and grace … The accompanying maps, graphics and photographs are first-rate, making it easily the best book for those few Canadians who are completely unfamiliar with Vimy Ridge, and a must-read for the vast majority who have heard of the battle but know little about the details.” – National Post
“[Barris] lets the front-line soldiers tell their stories in a dazzling recreation of the battle … Here are the men … their letters, journals post-war interviews and other original source treasures carefully mined by Barris and seamlessly fused into one of the most poignant narratives ever written about the Great War.” – Calgary Herald
“Through a masterful use of oral histories, personal letters and memoirs … historian Ted Barris has created a fitting memorial to the ordinary Canadian soldiers, who fought 90 years ago in the War to End All Wars. Rarely have the thoughts and feelings of so many spoken so clearly through the widening mist of history.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“The book concentrates on relationships between boys who were originally strangers, but soon became comrades for life under the partnership system … Ted Barris has produced a magnificent account of the land battle at Vimy Ridge.” – Esprit de Corps