Vimy

Vimy

Paperback | October 9, 2001

byPierre 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Drawing on unpublished personal accounts and interviews, Berton brings home what it was like for the young men, some no more than sixteen years old, who clawed their way up the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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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 bastio...

Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics. Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton work...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 9, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385658427

ISBN - 13:9780385658423

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Table of Contents

Overture: Ten Thousand Thunders

Book One: Marching As To War
Chapter One – Sam Hughes's Army
Chapter Two – A Ribbon of Deadly Stealth

Book Two: The Build-Up
Chapter Three – Marking Time
Chapter Four – The Byng Boys
Chapter Five – The Raiders
Chapter Six – Not What They Expected
Chapter Seven – Things Worth Remembering
Chapter Eight – The Final Days
Chapter Nine – The Final Hours

Book Three: The Battle
Chapter Ten – The 1st Division
Chapter Eleven – The 2nd Division
Chapter Twelve – The 3rd Division
Chapter Thirteen – The 4th Division
Chapter Fourteen – Mopping Up

Aftermath

Appendix One: British Army Formations
Appendix Two: The Canadian Battalions at Vimy
Author's Note
Acknowledgements
Select Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Among the most important and vital accounts of war that we have…it is inexcusable not to read it."
—Timothy Findley

"…Vimy is Berton at his best and that's the best there is."
—Peter C. Newman

"A book to make us proud, to make us week."
—June Callwood