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Day Onze/Elf (11) – July 25 – Vimy Ridge – The War to End All Wars July 29, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,France,Germany — The Travel Guy @ 7:24 am

 

Andrew, Deana and Jessica in front of the Vimy Ridge Memorial to the WW I veterans.

Andrew, Deana and Jessica in front of the Vimy Ridge Memorial to the WW I veterans.

We stepped a little further back into history with a visit to the Vimy Ridge War Memorial.  As the plague shown below describes, this battle distinguished the Canadian forces in World War One as a separate force, apart from the British Army.

This visit had special significance as Jeff’s maternal grandfather is believed to have taken part in or walked this ground over 90 years ago.  As a young man having recently immigrated to the Prairies from England, he saw enlisting as an opportunity to get a trip home.  During the course of the war he met his wife and convinced her to move to Canada. 

 

 

 

 

Plaque at Vimy Ridge describing the Canadians involvement in this battle.

Plaque at Vimy Ridge describing the Canadians involvement in this battle.

 

 

There are hundreds of these signs posted around the park, behind an electrified fence, warning of Undetonated Explosives.  This, some 90 years after the war had ended.

There are hundreds of these signs posted around the park, behind an electrified fence, warning of Undetonated Explosives. This, some 90 years after the war had ended.

 

Standing in the trenches, similar to the miles and miles of trenches dug into this ridge by both sides.

Standing in the trenches, similar to the miles and miles of trenches dug into this ridge by both sides.

This large park was given by the French government to Canada, in perpetuity, to honor the 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of the French people in WW I.

As we approached this area the ground was extremely uneven.  There didn’t seem to be anywhere that was just flat ground, except for the memorial and a few other areas.  Andrew was the first to suggest that it was likely the result of thousands of explosions.  Hand grenades causing the smaller ones and 500 lbs causing the massive craters.

 

 

Vimy Monument seen from a distance.

Vimy Monument seen from a distance.

Vimy Monument

Vimy Monument

Vimy Monument

Vimy Monument

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