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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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