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Robert Riley

Free Member, London

Canada Mourns Her Dead

On 9th April 1917, the four Divisions of the Canadian Infantry, attacked together the 'impregnable' German Bastion of 'Vimy Ridge'.

The French Forces had suffered heavy losses in 1915 during a failed attempt to take the Ridge, leaving the Beautiful Town of Arras under threat and bombardment from the Germans. The town was practically destroyed.

The Canadian forces achieved a magnificent victory, losing 3600 men in the process, but the Battle changed the course of the War, and the Canadian Infantry eventually spearheaded the allied Victory in the last 100 days of the war in 1918.

The Canadian Monument to commemorate the Battle and the 60,000 Canadian dead, was started in 1925 and opened in 1936, and funded by the people of Canada. It is a remarkable monument visible for miles around.

The Town of Arras was carefully rebuilt after the war, and is now back to its previous beauty.

The Statue stands alone in front of two huge towers, and represents Canada mourning Her Dead.

It has just had a face lift, I was lucky enough to be there on the second day after it was re opened.

Comments 8

  • Inez Correia Marques 10/06/2007 21:34

    outstanding . love it
  • Oliver Suhr 03/01/2007 8:42

    A great shot, crop and composition are perfect.
    cheers, Olli
  • Stu Good 02/22/2007 13:23

    Excellent compostion Robert.
    I like the perspective from which you taken the statue and like Daren I like the saturation in the sky for the background.
  • Detlef Klahm 02/18/2007 20:41

    Wonderful image ! thanks for sharing ! and not forgetting !
  • Véronique Soulier 02/18/2007 16:28

    Nic epic, touching sculpture, interesting comment, thanks, Véronique
  • Daren Borzynski 02/18/2007 15:57

    Wonderful photograph.
    Really like the composition & the saturated blue sky as the background.
    Very nice detail on the statue.
    Great information too!!

  • Angéla Vicedomini 02/18/2007 12:04

    Beautiful pic, great cut!
    Kind regards
  • Patrick Höfler 02/18/2007 11:16

    a really great motive - i like it very much..
    best regards, patrick