A detail shows rows of feet, a symbol of Canadian soldiers who lost their lives, as part of a giant poppy design at Heroes Square in Arras, France, as part of a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Photor: Reuters
A detail shows rows of feet, a symbol of Canadian soldiers who lost their lives, as part of a giant poppy design at Heroes Square in Arras, France, as part of a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Photor: Reuters

Lest we forget …

100 years ago on April 9, the Battle of Arras began. A week later, the Allies had suffered 159,000 casualties, including 46,000 Scots

April 9, 2017 6:57 PM (UTC+8)

One-hundred years ago on April 9, the Battle of Arras commenced. The week-long offensive against Germany cost the Allied Forces 159,000 casualties. Of those, a staggering 46,000 were Scottish.

The Battle for Vimy Ridge marked a military coming of age for Canada, whose soldiers were instrumental in capturing the strategic high point from German forces and so ensuring victory in the campaign, at the cost of 3,598 Canadian lives.

Images are from Reuters.

People pay respects as they write messages on red circles to form a big poppy at Heroes Square, on the eve of a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Arras, France, April 8, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
People pay respects at Heroes Square in Arras, France.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) poses for a selfie picture at Heroes Square in Arras, France, as part of a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy RIdge April 9, 2017. REUTER/Philippe Huguen/Pool
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photograph.
People pay respects as they write messages on red circles to form a big poppy at Heroes Square, on the eve of a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Arras, France, April 8, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Expressions of peace in Arras’ Heroes Square.

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