How Weather Played a Role at Vimy Ridge

Posted by on Saturday, April 8, 2017
A figure standing on flag covered stage located in from of the statue of Canada Bereft.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a military engagement fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War.

The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army.

The attack was to begin at 5:30 am on Easter Monday, 9 April 1917. The attack was originally planned for the morning of 8 April (Easter Sunday), but it was postponed for 24 hours at the request of the French.

During the late hours of 8 April and early morning of 9 April the men of the leading and supporting wave of the attack were moved into their forward assembly positions.

The weather was cold and later changed to ice pellets and snow.

Although physically discomforting for everyone, the north-westerly storm provided some advantage to the assaulting troops by blowing snow in the faces of the defending troops.

The Team

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