Introduction: Vimy 2017

  • Dr. Patrick Brennan


A century has passed since the Canadian Corps stormed Vimy Ridge.  The intention of Vimy 2017:  From Both Sides of the Ridge was to deepen our understanding of what really happened there, to dispel the many myths surrounding the battle, especially those gripping Canadians, and to remind historians and members of the public alike that there were, indeed, two sides of the ridge, two armies whose soldiers fought and died there, two societies from which those soldiers were drawn, and two sets of historical memories and consequences.  As the various papers that follow attest, the superb scholarship on display at the conference went far toward achieving this goal.

Author Biography

Dr. Patrick Brennan

Dr. Patrick Brennan taught in the History Department at the University of Calgary for 27 years, and is now an emeritus professor. He was and remains a Fellow of the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies. Dr. Brennan specialized in the impact of World War I on Canada, both the military and home fronts, and has published widely on various aspects of the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s experience.

Vimy 2017: From Both Sides of the Ridge