Benjamin W.

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

South Shore Regional School Board

Victory at Vimy!

For my project I am discussing Vimy Ridge, and Canada’s part in the battle and the influence on Canadian Heritage it had. My project consists of important Canadians' contributions in the battle. I also researched battle tactics used in the battle. These tactics included: building trenches and tunnels, the preparation of soldiers (which included lots of battle drills, keeping busy and stocking supplies), and the moving barrages while attacking enemies(explosives).

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I was surprised by the amount of casualties from the battle. There were 3600 deaths and 10 600 injuries. The British people gave soldiers to support Canadians in the battle because they were a part of the British Empire and were called to war by them. I am surprised that the amount of casualties was that high for this WW1 battle.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that the Victory at Vimy Ridge was an important day to Canadians and Canada because of the sacrifices that the Canadians made. Many soldiers died during combat and were away from their families for long times, which made them fight for their families more. I also learned that because of Vimy Ridge and the cooperation and working together of the soldiers, Canadians were united as one and for the first time were recognized as a nation by the world.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

If I were to compare my life to the soldiers, I think I am very lucky as they lived in constant fear of being attacked and I didn't. The trenches were very muddy, cold, and full of pests. I live in a house that is clean, warm and comfortable. I think that I am luckier than the soldiers because of those things. If it wasn't for them fighting, then maybe I could have been living like that right now and having to fight in a war at a young age. I am thankful for their sacrifices and their deeds to the country.