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Vimy
Vimy | Pierre Berton
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One chill Easter dawn in 1917, a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France went over the top of a muddy scarp knows as Vimy Ridge. Within hours, they held in their grasp what had eluded both British and French armies in over two years of fighting: they had seized the best-defended German bastion on the Western Front. How could an army of civilians from a nation with no military tradition secure the first enduring victory in thirty-two months of warfare with only 10,000 casualties, when the French had lost 150,000 men in their unsuccessful attempt? Pierre Berton's haunting and lucid narrative shows how, unfettered by military rules, civilians used daring and common sense to overcome obstacles that had eluded the professionals. Drawing on unpublished personal accounts and interviews, Berton brings home what it was like for the young men, some no more than sixteen years old, who clawed their way up the sodden, shell-torn slopes in a struggle they innocently believed would make war obsolete. He tells of the soldiers who endured horrific conditions to secure this great victory, painting a vivid picture of trench warfare. In his account of this great battle, Pierre Berton brilliantly illuminated the moment of tragedy and greatness that marked Canada's emergence as a nation.
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CoverToCoverGirl
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A vivid and unflinching, well written account of the battle for the ridge. It‘s difficult to understand even while reading the words, what these brave young 🇨🇦 men faced before, during and after that chilly day in April 1917 so many years ago. They fought with the hope that it would truly be the war to end all wars — I wish that had turned out to be true. This was a powerful read and I highly recommend it!

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CoverToCoverGirl
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Taking time this Remembrance Day to finish reading Vimy. So far it‘s tough going - what those young men endured was truly horrific.

...so to all the service men and women out there, past and present - Thank You for your service!

Blueberry 🌹🌹 1mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
Vimy | Pierre Berton
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1. The tagged book
The Serpent by Kathryn LeVeque

2. In the space of an hour and forty minutes, six
million shells would be thrown onto the German
positions, an average of three thousand a second.

3. Well water

#WeekendReads
#WarHistory

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CoverToCoverGirl
Vimy | Pierre Berton
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Starting this just now, in remembrance, lest we forget. It‘s hard to imagine what these young men faced even with these words that were put to paper. It makes my heart hurt to think of what occurred on that day, in that one battle, so many years ago. #readathon #LitsyPartyOfOne #MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday

Andrew65 Heroes, every one! 1mo
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