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Here, you will learn more about the First World War and Canada's military history through our podcast series, learning modules and education guides.
Explore our educational resources and learn how the battle of Vimy Ridge became a turning point in Canadian History.
In this episode, we learn, with Steven Purewal, about how the Punjab's Lahore Division came to fight alongside Canadian troops in Canada's "baptism of fire" at Ypres in April 1915. Ultimately more than 74,000 South Asians were killed across the various theatres of war in First World War. We also learn about the Treaty of Versailles with Olive Tao, BVP 2020 recipient. | Host: Melanie Ng | Guests: Olive Tao & Steven Purewal | Sound artist: Sylvain Bellemare | Sound editor: Guillaume Bouchard Labonté | Directors: Melanie Ng, Guillaume Bouchard Labonté
The sixth instalment of this limited series, in partnership with the NFB, explored the production of the short documentary film Return to Vimy. This conversation between Denis McCready, film director, and Marianne Goyette, 2014 Beaverbrook Prize recipient, looked at the importance of historical authenticity in filmmaking.
The fifth instalment of this limited series, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, explored veterans and commemorations. This conversation between Dr. Tim Cook, acting director of research at the Canadian War Museum, and Prasanna Iyengar, 2010 Vimy Prize Alumnus, looked at the signification of collective memory.
These free resources highlight different aspects of First World War history.
Find information about major and lesser-known First World War battles involving Canadians.
These resources encourage students to actively consider the war, and to discuss difficult questions in the form of debates, data collection, art, and mini research projects.
April 1917: Amid sleet, mud and shellfire, the Canadian soldiers fought their way up the Vimy ridge to take the high ground overlooking the Douai plain.
The battle began at 5:30am on April 9, with the first wave of around 15,000 men advancing under the creeping barrage of almost 1000 heavy guns.
Stunned by the Canadians’ success, the Germans retreated. The Corps, having sustained 10,602 casualties, dug in after a gain of 4,500 yards.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a costly victory but also a strong symbol of Canadian unity.
While every Canadian soldier showed courage on Vimy Ridge, there were 4 examples of conspicuous bravery that merited the Victoria Cross.
Our experiential and community-based learning programs enable youth to think critically about the First World War and its legacy in Canada and globally.
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