To commemorate the Canadian capture of Vimy Ridge 104 years ago almost to the day, we will be having not one but two speakers on this webinar.
Bill Stewart will explain how the capture of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 is the best known and most celebrated Canadian victory of the First World War. This presentation provides an overview of the battle and its preparations. Its primary focus will be on the changes made by the Canadian Corps, like the larger BEF, to dramatically transform its doctrine and approaches between the Somme and Arras 1917 to deliver this triumph.
Tim Cook will then talk about Sir Arthur Currie who is Canada’s greatest battlefield general. His art of command was learned on the Western Front through defeat and victory. This illustrated presentation will explore Currie’s rise from lieutenant-colonel to corps commander, with an emphasis on his wartime experience after the April 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge.