Did Vimy Matter?
Vimy Ridge is the iconic Canadian battle in the public mind, a triumph of courage, and the creator of Canadian nationalism. But did Vimy matter tactically, strategically, or as the creator of the nation? This paper will look at who planned the April 1917 battle, who fought it, and what it meant in the long struggle of the Great War. That Vimy gave the Canadian Corps its recognition as an elite formation is evident, but what did Vimy really matter?