The Battle and the Legend

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Cook examines the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and the way the memory of it has evolved over 100 years. Vimy is unlike any other battle in Canadian history: it has been described as the "birth of the nation." But the meaning of that phrase has never been explored, nor has any writer explained why the battle continues to resonate with Canadians. The Vimy battle that began April 9, 1917, was the first time the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. 10,600 men were killed or injured over four days--twice the casualty rate of the Dieppe Raid in August 1942.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Allen Lane,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735233164
Branch Call Number: 940.431 COO
Characteristics: 500 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Tim Cook, Canada's foremost military historian and a Charles Taylor Prize winner, examines the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and the way the memory of it has evolved over 100 years.

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Dec 05, 2017

Oct 2017 to Nov 2017......(We read out loud to each other almost every night, 5 or more pages each.....a great way to share a book.) This was our "read-out-loud" selection beginning in Oct, getting us into the right frame of mind for Nov 11. The first few chapters are about the battle (brutal) but after that is just great history about the war in general, and the history of the monument and how it's meaning evolved over the years....learned a lot, and made our Remembrance Day ceremony attendance more meaningful. (We have three Legions in our small town, which used to be 5 towns that amalgamated back in the '70's, so very busy on Nov 11 attending all the ceremonies.) (Great chili too!)

Apr 22, 2017

Very informative and made me proud to be a Canadien although Quebec was against conscription as they felt cheated but the 22 iem was there

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