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  • The battle of Vimy Ridge April 9th 1917
  • More than 10,500 Canadians died in the battle
  • Among the open country side north of the town of Arras and to the east of the ridge are the Douai plain and the important coal mining city of Lens – in 1917 both were occupied by Germany.
  • 9 miles long
  • At night, Canadian raiding parties ventured across German lines to disturb the enemy, capture prisoners and gather intelligence.
  • The German force sustained a large amount of casualties, about 20,000 Germans were killed in the battle.
  • The Canadian and British forces completed their goal of breaking through the impenetrable German lines in April 12, 1917.
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