Thursday, 2 March 2017

Canada: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

On Saturday I got four postcards: one from Canada, one from the Philippines, one from France and one from Germany.

The card from Canada shows the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during World War I. King Edward VIII unveiled the memorial in 1936. It is located at the battleground of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and is one of just two National Historic Sites of Canada outside of Canada.

As British Dominion Canada's involvement in World War I started when the United Kingdom declared war against the German Empire on 4th August 1914. One day later also Canada's Governor General declared war and soon an independent Canadian Expeditionary Force was raised. Canada's sacrifices and contributions to the Great War changed its history and enabled it to become more independent, while opening a deep rift between the French and English speaking populations. 

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in 1917 between the German Empire and the British Empire and is a part of the Battle of Arras. It was the first battle in which the four divisions of Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together. It ended with a victory of the British Empire. 

Baby Wildlife (from set of five) (issued 31-03-2014)

Thank You very much Marcie!

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