The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Hill 70

Video / August 15, 2017

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August 15th is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Hill 70.

Hill 70 can be seen from Vimy Ridge, and it has been overshadowed in the history books. But this battle was significant for Canada.

It was the first major action fought by the Canadian Corps under a Canadian commander in the First World War.

Ordered to attack the city of Lens, France, which was heavily fortified by German forces, Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie made nearby Hill 70 the initial objective.

Approximately 2100 Canadians would give their lives in the 10-day battle. Over 1300 of these have no known grave. Six Canadians would win the Victoria Cross as a result of their brave actions.

The strategic high point of Hill 70 remained in Allied hands until the end of the war.

And those who gave their lives for this country remain in our memories – we will honour them always.

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