French women selling apples and oranges to the troops returning from the front line in June 1917.
March 31, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The Directorate of History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have released a free e-book edition of Canada and the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917, a 149-page resource about the historic battle and those who fought in it.
The e-book version of the work, which was originally authored by Brereton Greenhous and Dr. Stephen Harris, includes additional content by DND historian Jean Martin. This vivid recollection of the experiences of Canadian soldiers in France is available on the Directorate of History and Heritage website for download in both official languages.
As Canadians prepare to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the book may be used as an educational resource for those interested in learning more about this most significant period in our military history.
“We are happy to re-release this book, and to draw attention to the new material exploring the relationship between soldiers of the Canadian Corps and the people of France among whom they lived for many months.”
Dr. Stephen Harris, Chief Historian and Acting Director, Directorate of History and Heritage
- Canada and the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917 was first published in 1992.
- The Directorate of History and Heritage is mandated to preserve and communicate Canada’s military history and foster pride in Canadian military heritage.