Vimy

Vimy[Download] ➾ Vimy By Pierre Berton – Heartforum.co.uk One chill Easter dawn in , a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France went over the top of a muddy scarp known as Vimy Ridge Within hours, they held in their One chill Easter dawn in , a blizzard blowing in their faces, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in France went over the top of a muddy scarp known as Vimy Ridge Within hours, they held in their grasp what had eluded both British and French armies in over two years of fighting they had seized the best defended German bastion on the Western FrontHow could an army of civilians from a nation with no military tradition secure the first enduring victory in thirty two months of warfare with only , casualties, when the French had lost , men in their unsuccessful attempt Pierre Berton s haunting and lucid narrative shows how, unfettered by military rules, civilians used daring and common sense to overcome obstacles that had eluded the professionalsDrawing on unpublished personal accounts and interviews, Berton brings home what it was like for the young men, some no than sixteen years old, who clawed their way up the sodden, shell torn slopes in a struggle they innocently believed would make war obsolete He tells of the soldiers who endured horrific conditions to secure this great victory, painting a vivid picture of trench warfare In his account of this great battle, Pierre Berton brilliantly illuminated the moment of tragedy and greatness that marked Canada s emergence as a nation.

From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his books are now Canadian classicsBorn in and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean s magazine, appeared on CBC s public affairs program Close Up and was a permanent fixture on Front Page Challenge for years He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star, and a writer and host of a series of CBC programs Pierre Berton has received over literary awards including the Governor General s Award for Creative Non Fiction three times , the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society s first award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he has been awardedthan a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman s Hall of Fame and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Vimy
  • Pierre Berton
  • English
  • 25 September 2018
  • 0850529883

10 thoughts on “Vimy

  1. Mikey B. says:

    Page 255 my book The decomposing body of a German, uncovered by the diggers, hung over the back wall of the trench To Moir s astonishment and disgust a new machine gunnerbegan tearing the body out with his bare hands to see if there were any souvenirs in the corpse s pockets The Canadians were known for this incorrigible habit The British fight for glory, the Canadians for souvenirs How thin, Moir thought to himself, is the veneer of civilization.Page 236 The scenes of death on allPage 255 my book The decomposing body of a German, uncovered by the diggers, hung over the back wall of the trench To Moir s astonishment and disgust a new machine gunnerbegan tearing the body out with his bare hands to see if there were any souvenirs in the corpse s pockets The Canadians were known for this incorrigible habit The British fight for glory, the Canadians for souvenirs How thin, Moir thought to himself, is the veneer of civilization.Page 236 The scenes of death on all sides were not heroic but sickening That sort of thing was never shown in the Victorian paintings of gallant officers expiring slowly in the arms of their comrades, a small pink stain on the shirt front, a hand raised languidly in a kind of greeting as if the hero were sinking into a peaceful sleep Such scenes, if they had ever existed, were obsolete Never again would war be referred to as noble.I felt this book to be an overall excellent accounting of the Vimy battle with the build up and the actual siege of Vimy Ridge being strikingly told But what stands out are the people involved and their individual stories The author gives us many levels from the foot soldiers to the officers, plus some of the technical details.Many of the Canadian soldiers were British immigrants to various parts of Canada from Halifax to the rather uninhabited Canadian West Many had settled in this land in the last 10 to 20 years They were use to hard manual work on farms or Canadian mines or lumber camps They knew horses the backbone of World War I So they adapted to trench warfare in a better way than their urban British counterpart Also many Canadians werephysically fit compared to British and French soldiers.Another interesting aspect brought out by the author, Pierre Berton, is that for the most part the Canadians were not snobs Officers and regular infantry soldiers would talk informally to one another this was unheard of in the British army Canadian born Arthur Currie, was the chief commanding officer for the Vimy assault, but had lived for several years in Canada He made sure that all troops knew their role and task in the upcoming attack unheard of in the British and French army where troops were treated as automatons.Pierre Berton also writes well of the aftermath of Vimy Before, many of the troops considered themselves British first and Canadian second After the victory this started changing This victory was Canadian organized with four Canadian divisions with little British input aside from equipment Also both the French and British armies had attempted, and failed, to take Vimy Ridge The massive Canadian National Vimy Memorial monument in France attests to this as a Canadian achievement It is maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada As a veteran remarked when visiting the site in 1930 Page 302Europe, when viewing the finished work, will change her impressions of the Canadians as a people

  2. Bernie Charbonneau says:

    I had the pleasure this Remembrance Day to listen to a Great War Veteran at my local legion and that got me thinking of how na ve I am to the history of this world conflict Oh sure, I know some of the basics but I challenged myself to learnof this period in history considering that we are celebrating the 100 years of battles involved Being Canadian, Vimy by this renowned Canadian author seemed like the obvious place to start I had heard over and over that Vimy, The battle of Arras, was I had the pleasure this Remembrance Day to listen to a Great War Veteran at my local legion and that got me thinking of how na ve I am to the history of this world conflict Oh sure, I know some of the basics but I challenged myself to learnof this period in history considering that we are celebrating the 100 years of battles involved Being Canadian, Vimy by this renowned Canadian author seemed like the obvious place to start I had heard over and over that Vimy, The battle of Arras, was the push in April 9 1917 that was the coming of age of our Canadian identity as a military unit Of this, I cannot say but having read this novel, I sure felt proud of my ancestors Having not been in the service I cannot imagine what it must have been like and I will not insult anyone who has fought for country to liken the situation to anything that I have experienced in my lifetime I am just so thankful of the kids, yes kids, young men and women who felt such a calling to sacrifice themselves to help the motherland of Britain at the time This novel is a must read for a Canadian or anyone for that matter who wishes to learn of a ridge that was impenetrable until the Canadians decided that enough was enough

  3. Michelle says:

    This book was well written It was very detailed sometimes gruesomely so, but that s war but it didn t bog you down with unnecessary information Honestly, what can I say Wow I ve always had a certain respect for veterans, but after reading this book, it s gone to a whole new level These Canadian men some were so young, could you even call them men were so amazing The majority of them had no idea what they were in for, but they bravely fought for their country This book made me proud t This book was well written It was very detailed sometimes gruesomely so, but that s war but it didn t bog you down with unnecessary information Honestly, what can I say Wow I ve always had a certain respect for veterans, but after reading this book, it s gone to a whole new level These Canadian men some were so young, could you even call them men were so amazing The majority of them had no idea what they were in for, but they bravely fought for their country This book made me proud to be Canadian

  4. Jerome Lengkeek says:

    Highly recommnded read to any who are interested in Canadian history The Battle at Vimy Ridge is often referenced by Canadians as the birthplace of our nationhood, the moment when we truly came together as an independent nation of our colonial motherland Berton explores this sentiment by working through the stories of individual Canadian soldiers experiences to come to a fascinating conclusion Beautifully written, moving, educational, and thought provoking My only caveat is that it does not Highly recommnded read to any who are interested in Canadian history The Battle at Vimy Ridge is often referenced by Canadians as the birthplace of our nationhood, the moment when we truly came together as an independent nation of our colonial motherland Berton explores this sentiment by working through the stories of individual Canadian soldiers experiences to come to a fascinating conclusion Beautifully written, moving, educational, and thought provoking My only caveat is that it does not flinch at thegraphic aspects of the brutality of trench warfare but neither does it glorify it or dramatize it

  5. Emily says:

    I ve always felt drawn to and particularly affected by anything that is related to the First World War, out of some mixture of horror and fascination, so this is where I began my sampling of Pierre Berton s oeuvre What stuns me is that the preparations that the Canadians made in the months leading up to the assault seem so simple and so commonsense in retrospect that it s easy to not entirely fairly wonder why the British just couldn t see it, like looking back at Scott s ill fated push to th I ve always felt drawn to and particularly affected by anything that is related to the First World War, out of some mixture of horror and fascination, so this is where I began my sampling of Pierre Berton s oeuvre What stuns me is that the preparations that the Canadians made in the months leading up to the assault seem so simple and so commonsense in retrospect that it s easy to not entirely fairly wonder why the British just couldn t see it, like looking back at Scott s ill fated push to the South Pole There was a huge loss of life at Vimy, but it pales by comparison with the bloodbath on just the first day of the Somme The other thing that is interesting to me is that so many people identify Vimy as the moment when a Canadian national identity truly emerged, and yet, in the second half of the twentieth century, I would have said that the national identity that developed was one, not of the praise of military heroism, but of a voice for peace and justice in the world Granted, I was not raised in Canada and am only just starting to makesystematic inroads into Canadian history, but this is another aspect of the book that intrigues me

  6. Jonathan says:

    A well written popular history of the Canadian Army s successful assault on Vimy Ridge during the First World War in April 1917 This was the first attack by the Canadian Corps as an separate unit and, by in large, it was carried out with dispatch and professionalism As time passed, the Canadians made a great deal of this assault, claiming that it helped define Canada as a nation, and later built an enormous memorial on the site of the battle While the book traces the course of the battle, inc A well written popular history of the Canadian Army s successful assault on Vimy Ridge during the First World War in April 1917 This was the first attack by the Canadian Corps as an separate unit and, by in large, it was carried out with dispatch and professionalism As time passed, the Canadians made a great deal of this assault, claiming that it helped define Canada as a nation, and later built an enormous memorial on the site of the battle While the book traces the course of the battle, including the preparations and the battle s aftermath, the emphasis of the narrative is on the conditions on the battlefield which were pretty grim and what the experience of battle was like for the soldiers who participated Worthwhile both as a study of a successful Western Front attack, and of the history of the Canadian military tradition

  7. JW says:

    Thoroughly Canadian in perspective, Vimy is not your book if you re looking for a balanced view of the events of this now famous only in Canada battle.Vimy, however, is your book if you want a thoroughly human take on what it was like for the soldiers of the Dominion who fought and won and lost on that terrible morning, and who did in a few hours what the English and French could not after two years of trying beat the Germans and take Vimy Ridge.It s Berton the historian storyteller at his Thoroughly Canadian in perspective, Vimy is not your book if you re looking for a balanced view of the events of this now famous only in Canada battle.Vimy, however, is your book if you want a thoroughly human take on what it was like for the soldiers of the Dominion who fought and won and lost on that terrible morning, and who did in a few hours what the English and French could not after two years of trying beat the Germans and take Vimy Ridge.It s Berton the historian storyteller at his best, and required reading for any Canuck come Remembrance Day

  8. Leif says:

    In my opinion, this book cements Pierre Berton into his position as one of Canada s best modern age writers His research is incredible, and as the book goes along and we follow the stories of these Canadians who are training to give their British leaders their first victory of the war, one gets a sense of the incredible tragedies and massive loss of lives that modern war inflicts, even though many may think this war wasn t as bad For some time I have been fascinated at the suffering and brave In my opinion, this book cements Pierre Berton into his position as one of Canada s best modern age writers His research is incredible, and as the book goes along and we follow the stories of these Canadians who are training to give their British leaders their first victory of the war, one gets a sense of the incredible tragedies and massive loss of lives that modern war inflicts, even though many may think this war wasn t as bad For some time I have been fascinated at the suffering and bravery of men that fought in the First World War, and this book gives me a double dose, a combination of factual reporting and descriptive writing Other titles of note from Pierre Berton that I have greatly enjoyed were Yukon and The Great Depression

  9. Rik Brooymans says:

    Another brilliant book in the Berton canon If you are in any way interested in Canadian history, military history or WWI, this has to be a must read Berton s anecdotal style tracks and relates a grand historical event in an easy to read, digestible format that conveys the scale and horror of the assault that, some say, defined and crystallised the idea of Canada as a nation.As a side note, this book should also be a must read for anyone carrying the misconception of war as a glorious and honou Another brilliant book in the Berton canon If you are in any way interested in Canadian history, military history or WWI, this has to be a must read Berton s anecdotal style tracks and relates a grand historical event in an easy to read, digestible format that conveys the scale and horror of the assault that, some say, defined and crystallised the idea of Canada as a nation.As a side note, this book should also be a must read for anyone carrying the misconception of war as a glorious and honourable pursuit, or labouring under the false impression that personal skill or valour is the most important factor in survival.That s not to say that heroes don t rise above the muck and mire Byng, Currie and McNaughton should be names of greater awareness in the Canadian consciousness

  10. James Christensen says:

    Well written compelling recounting of the WW1 battle at Vimy Ridge which the Canadians took in less than a day w 50,000 troops lost 11,000 The reason for the success was drilling of platoons a new concept so that each member knew each of the other s duties, each knew of their specific objective as well as the overall battle plan the youngest private felt free to guestion the commander Advancing troops were preceeded by a whithering barrage of artillery machine gun spray, all orchest Well written compelling recounting of the WW1 battle at Vimy Ridge which the Canadians took in less than a day w 50,000 troops lost 11,000 The reason for the success was drilling of platoons a new concept so that each member knew each of the other s duties, each knew of their specific objective as well as the overall battle plan the youngest private felt free to guestion the commander Advancing troops were preceeded by a whithering barrage of artillery machine gun spray, all orchestrated w precision aerial spotters to avoid friendly fire It was an innovative form of battle which revolutionized warfare tactics

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