"The winning of the Ridge gave every man a feeling of pride. A national spirit was born; we were Canadian and could do a good job of paddling our own canoe." These are the enthusiastic words spoken by one Canadian soldier about the Battle of Vimy Ridge on February 1917. The battle of Vimy Ridge was fought under the command of newly appointed General Arthur Currie who prepared the Canadian troops for battle. It was the allies' first major victory in the war, and what is said to be the birth of our great nation of Canada. It was this particular victory that gave Canadians its own place in the League of Nations, as well as a seat at the peace talks after the war as a separate nation, rather than a colony of England.
Currie understood the necessity of victory in this battle; therefore, he treated it with an unparalleled level of strategic planning.
Before, few Generals for the allies recognized the need for thorough preparation when planning an offensive attack. Currie changed this opinion by proving his strategy greatly improved troops' chances for success. He used a different approach to learning, which was tactical planning, as it relates to the different areas of interaction. One learns that careful planning and clever strategic tactics will pay off in the end. This Canadian victory also closely relates to health and social education. There was a great amount of social co-operation and activity between the troops, and their general. Communication was key in securing the victory for Canada. The general health of the troops was maintained, and the death toll was significantly lower than that in former battles involving the efforts of Canadian troops.
Vimy Ridge protected the important industrial area around Lille. The highest peak, which was known as Hill...