The Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Battle of Vimy Ridge: Background information when reading The Cartographer of No Man's Land

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The Cartographer of No Man's Land

By P.S. Duffy

The Cartographer of No Man's Land
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2013,
    384 pages.
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    384 pages.

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The Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Battle of Vimy Ridge

In her introduction to The Cartographer of No Man's Land, P.S. Duffy states that the WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge is "as iconic to Canadians as Bunker Hill is to Americans."

The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was formed in 1914 to provide support to the British battling overseas. 619,363 Canadians enlisted, of whom 60,661 – nearly 10% - were killed or wounded. The CEF was instrumental in many important actions, including The Battle of Ypres (1915), The Battle of the Somme (July – November, 1916), and Passchendaele (November 1917). The group was very well-regarded, and members of the CEF were considered among the fiercest fighters.

Vimy Ridge is a 4.3 mile long escarpment about 5 miles northeast of the French town of Arras. While not terribly high at only 200 feet above the surrounding plains, it provides a commanding view in all directions, making it a key strategic objective in military maneuvers. German forces seized control of it in September 1914, and heavily ...

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