These views start here south east. This area was one of a very fierce battle.
The figure of a sorrowing woman, represents Canada represents Canada, a young nation mouring her dead.
This view is to the northwest.
The Tomb bearing helmet and sword.
Some of the 11,285 names that are inscribed on the monument to remember those who were killed in France. About 7,000 are buried in 30 cemetaries located with a 20 km radius of the Memorial. In total about 66,000 Canadians died for King and Country in the First World War.
"The Canadian Corps on April 9th 1917 with..
..four divisions in line on a front..
..of four miles attacked and captures this ridge."
Take a moment of silence to remember the boys who fought right here for Canada, King and country.
Mines and unexploded ordinance are everywhere off the protected trails.
Memorial to a Moroccan division that fought here 9 May 1915.
From here, we'll drive around and have a look at Vimy Ridge from the fields below.
Starting the descent down Vimy Ridge to Givenchy-en-Gohelle
Givenchy-en-Gohelle. Givenchy is a community of 2000 people which serves the surrounding farming areas.
Our next stop is Ypres Belgium to the north.
Junction ahead. The overpass is the highway to Lens from where we left the motorway. A good place to have a last look..
Wide expanse view of famed Vimy Ridge looking west southwest towards Vimy Memorial and Givenchy. Imagine being here in this field during the Great War. Creepy.
un vérifier rapide pour voitures et camions sur la route.. ...avant de prendre une autre image..
A view of Vimy Ridge towards the south east. This part of Vimy Ridge also saw a lot of activity as the liberation of Vimy began.Vimy extends up to the ridge. A climb back down to resume the tour!
End of the Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary Tour of the Vimy Ridge Memorial. The webite continues on to Lens, Passchendale, and Ipers (Ypres) Belgium.
Looking east towards Vimy. Vimy is a town (commune) of 4,600 people. The town was destroyed in hostilities in The Great War. It is now a location for businesses serving the local farming area and light industrial industry.
Heading north to Belgium and Ypres.
Lens is just 6 km ahead. It was also the location of intensive fighting in the Great War
A drive through of Lens. It was completely rebuilt after The Great War, but the Germans returned in WWII. It was of strategic importance as a supply route using the railway. Lens was originally a coal town, there are underground mines in the area.
The city centre is accessible from the northbound route here.
The eastern part of the city centre has this train station built in the 1920's in an Art Deco style.
Lens was the nearby location of the Battle of Hill 70, which took place from 15 August to 25 August in 1917. It's strategic purpose was to draw the Germans away from Ypres. The principal objective was the eastern slope of Hill 70. The "X" on the map marks where the train station is and about where we are now on the tour.
This map shows plotted firing positions of the opposing forces. The "X" is where the train station is.
The Lens SNCF train station. It's design suggests a steam locomotive with the clock tower the stack at the front, and two large traction wheels at the rear.
A route through the centre of Lens.
There is no Canadian monument here, but there are plans to set one near Hill 70 to be completed in 2017.
This boulevard with these finely pruned trees leads east to the highway.
Returning to the main highway to go to Lille and Belgium
Lille is 25 km from here. Lille Lille is the key city for this region. There are 5 autoroutes in the area making it a congested area and making Lille a key hub for road transport. An icon of France Charles De Gaulle was born here in Lille.
Our virtual passenger reads the Michelin map to navigate the maze of autoroutes to get to Belgim.
Close to Lille City Centre. Lille was liberated by the British on 17 October 1918. The Germans having been tricked about the amount of artillery Lille had (actually only one canon), burnt down a section of the city and occupied it until liberation. The German forces returned in the Second World War to occupy the city. Lille was liberated in five days (1-5 September 1944) by British, Canadian, Polish and U.S. troops.
Heading northeast towards Belgium
Heading into Belgium.
Welcome to Belgium! Bienvenue en Belgique! Click on the picture above to continue into Belgium to see where the Canadians fought in the Ypres region.
(c) 2014 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Fraser Garrison, 1st Signal Corps.