Witley, April 12, 1917

Thursday        Am wondering where our mail has got to I wrote to J [Janie] today

The Battle of Vimy Ridge is over. Among the 10,602 casualties were 3,598 dead — and these figures do not count those who died of wounds infected from the mud and filth driven into their torn flesh. (1) 30) “April 9th,” says Tim Cook, “was the bloodiest day of the entire war for the Canadian Corps, and bloodiest in all of Canadian military history: worse than Beumont Hamel on July 1, 1916, worse than Dieppe on August 19,. 1942, and worse than D-Day on June 6, 1944; in fact, worse than all three combined.” (2)144


1024px-Man_and_Children_Page_565 blenheim.jpg“They say it was a shocking sight
    After the field was won;
For many thousand bodies here
    Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
    After a famous victory.
“But what good came of it at last?”
    Quoth little Peterkin.
“Why that I cannot tell,” said he,
    “But ’twas a famous victory.” (4)
(1) Cook, Tim. “The Battle for the Ridge,” Legion Magazine. March/April 2017. 30.
(2) Cook, Tim. Shock Troops. Canadians Fighting the Great War Vol. 2 1917-1918. 2008. 144.
(3) The Globe (1844-1936). April 13, 1917. 1. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers
(4) Southey, Robert. “The Battle of Blenheim.” 49-54,63-66. The Battle of Blenheim took place in 1704. The illustration of Kaspar telling about the famous victory is from the Children’s Encyclopedia.


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