The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the best-known campaigns of the entire First World War. Canadian soldiers would see heavy action on the muddy battlefields of Ypres, Belgium, in the fall of 1917. A total of nine Canadians would earn the Victoria Cross, our highest award for military valour, at Passchendaele, including four on a single day on October 30, 1917. Pictured, left to right, are these brave Canadians: Private Cecil Kinross, Sergeant George Mullin, Lieutenant Hugh McKenzie and Major George Pearkes. (Photos: Department of National Defence)

Canada 150: 2017 a special year of commemorations


Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017

• 2017 is a special year of commemorations for Canada, including Canada 150, the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

• On April 9, 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time and demonstrated great bravery in capturing the heavily defended position to win an impressive victory.

• Built at the highest point of Vimy Ridge, the memorial marks the site of a significant and historic event and stands as a tribute to all Canadians who served during the First World War. Carved on the walls of the monument are the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers who were killed in France and whose final resting places were then unknown.

• 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. In a muddy corner of Belgium, Canadians overcame almost unimaginable hardships to capture this ruined village in 1917.