Friday, April 13, 2007

Vimy Ridge

Our tour was over, but our guide surprised us with an added stop at Vimy Ridge. If you don't know about Vimy Ridge, look it up! As Canadians, we should be really proud of the contribution we made to ending the First World War. Many people believe this victory by the Canadians was the turning point in the war.

Above is Daniel, hanging out by the Canadian Flag.

They have restored the trenches, so you can see the elaborate system that both the Germans and the Allies used during the battle.

The French were so grateful for the help, they gave Canada the land where the battle was won. Technically, we were all in Canada. For years, you could even have your passport stamped by the Canadians, but unfortunately this is no longer available. Although, all of the people working at the site are Canadians.

Above is the Canadian front line, and across the field you can see the German front line. They were so close, for so long.

It took me a while to clue in that the bumpy landscape was actually due to the non-stop bombs that were dropped in this area during the war. Some of the craters were so big and deep that it's hard to believe any bomb would be powerful enough to displace so much earth.

The huge Memorial commemorating the victory was under repair at the time we were there. But it has since been unveiled as part of the 90th anniversary.


Blogger David Germain said...

Yeah, Canada kicked ass at Vimy ridge. Just 3000 Canucks against 10s of thousands of Germans and other such opponents. I don't think anyone has topped that (not in real life that is, action movies with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, etc. don't count).

Anyway, enjoy some Censor Monkeys.

6:27 a.m.  
Blogger Keith Dury said...

Sweet spot!!

3:50 p.m.  

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