Roy Henley, a Canadian World War 1 veteran said, “you saw a bush.
You swore that bush was somebody creeping up on you. A perfect solider in that war would have been somebody with no imagination what so ever. But we all had too much imagination.
” There were many battles where thousands of Canadians lost their lives as they were fighting for our rights and our freedom such as Juno Beach, Dieppe and the Battles of Gravenstafel ridge and St. Julien. The battle of Vimy Ridge, the battle of Canal Du Nord and Cambrai and the battle of Amiens were without a doubt the three bloodiest world war battles, where the highest number of lCanadian soldiers lost their lives. The battle of Vimy Ridge began on April 9, 1917 in Northern France. The Canadian troops began arriving at Vimy Ridge in October 1916 and byDecember all four Canadian divisions were at Vimy Ridge. This was the first time all four divisions were going to fight a battle together. The engineers dug tunnels from the rear of the ridge to the front in order for soldiers to safely travel throughout. While preparing for the battle, they would use horses at night to carry water, food and guns needed.
This allowed them to get their supplies without being detected by the Germans. The Canadians had an unlimited supply of shells to use in their guns which helped during their attack and battle. There were “preliminary attacks” on the Germans. On March 1, 1917, the 4th division created a sudden attack on the Germans and unfortunately 687 Canadians died. From April 1-8,1917 over one million gun rounds were used in the fight against the Germans. The trenches where the Germans were fighting from were destroyed.
The main battle began on April 9, 1917 as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Canadian Divisions were successful in pushing the the Germans back. The 4th Canadian Division completed their objectives although it did not go as planned after the trenches collapsed. On April 10, 1917 the Canadians attacked the remaining Germans to capture Vimy Ridge. Throughout the battle, the Canadians fought the Germans in the trenches in “hand to hand combat”. The Germans stationed at “the Pimple” (a large hill that the Germans were hiding behind) were pushed back on April 12, 1917 into the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle. Canada ends the battle in victory against the Germans on April 12, 1917.
The battle of Amiens began on August 8, 1918 on the Western Front (surrounding Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany). There was a total of eleven divisions during this battle, from Britain, Canada and Australia. A total of 75,000 men were deployed for this battle. The Germans had a total of 37,000 men. Preparing for the battle, the Allied troops tricked the Germans by pretending their front line was not very strong, the Germans then anticipated an easy battle.
Also the troops would move to the front line during the night so the Germans could not see how many troops there were, as well as making “fake” moves such as, making noise, dust and fake radio communication during the day. The Royal Air Force used smoke screens to hide attacking Canadian troops. The battle began at 4:20am on August 8, 1918. The Germans were taken by surprise by the number of tanks, firepower and men the Allied army had. Although there were 6,500 Australian and Canadian casualties on the first day it was still considered a success. The allied troops pushed the Germans out of France, pushing them back a total of 12 km. Many of the Germans surrendered the first chance they got.
This had been the biggest loss for Germany since the war started and it became known as “Black day”. The battle of Amiens ended on August 11, 1918. Although it ended in an Allied victory, it ended with 1,036 Canadians killed, 2,803 injured and 29 taken prisoner.The battle of Canal du Nord and Cambrai began on September 27 1918 on the Western Front where the Canadian troops needed to win the territory of the canal before they could reach their goal of conquering the city of Cambrai. This battle was one of many fought in the “hundred day offensive” which was a time where a number of allied troops fought a series of battles which led to the end of World War 1. Combat engineers went along with the troops to build bridges, and fix roads as the Germans had flooded the canal and the only places without flooding, the German troops had claimed. The Canadian troops used a new strategy for this battle; the troops attacked from different areas and they used the entire front.
At 5:20am all four divisions attacked and by mid-morning all of the German troops were captured or retreated. During the battle the Canadian 1st, 2nd, and 4th division had a setback when they ran into unmapped wire. While travelling through the Nord-Pas de Calais region, on Douai Road, many died from an unplanned attack by the Germans. The battle ended with an Allied victory on October 11, 1918 as they captured Boulon Wood, although over 30,000 Canadians died or were wounded during the battle of Cambrai, along with 13,000 wounded or killed during the fight for the canal.The bloodiest battle of World War 1 and World War 2 would be the battle of Canal du Nord and Cambrai as there were the most amount of men killed or wounded during the battle. All Canadian battles worked with Allied forces to defeat enemy troops.
Although all three battles ended with a victory, thousands of men lost their lives fighting for our country. Even though the battle of Canal du Nord and Cambrai had the most men killed and injured, all battles in any war are very tragic as many men and women never come home to their loved ones and they should all be acknowledged for their bravery and sacrifice. If it were not for every single person that has fought for our country we may not be a free country today, and one major thing that ties all battles together would be how many men and women lost their lives or are emotionally or physically scarred from fighting in wars so our country can remain a free country.There were many battles where thousands of Canadians lost their lives as they were fighting for our rights and our freedom such as Juno Beach, Dieppe and the Battles of Gravenstafel ridge and St.
Julien. The battle of Vimy Ridge, the battle of Canal Du Nord and Cambrai and the battle of Amiens were without a doubt the three bloodiest world war battles, resulting in the highest number of lost Canadian soldiers. Herman Kahn said, “World war 1 broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War 2 because of the lack in arms race.”