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Vimy ridge is an escarpment 8 km 50 mi northeast of arras on the western edge of the douai plain the ridge rises gradually on its western side and drops more quickly on the eastern side at approximately 7 km 43 mi in length and culminating at an elevation of 145 m 476 ft or 60 m 200 ft above the douai plains the ridge provides a natural unobstructed view for tens of kilometres in . The battle of vimy ridge was fought during the first world war from 9 to 12 april 1917 it is canadas most celebrated military victory an often mythologized symbol of the birth of canadian national pride and awareness. The victory at vimy ridge remains canadas most celebrated attack of the war on easter monday 1917 the canadian corps captured one of the most dominating geographic features on the western front two canadians in particular along with british general julian byng developed the plan to crack the german fortress at vimy. Battle of vimy ridge the battle of vimy ridge began at 530 am on easter monday april 9 1917 the first wave of 15000 20000 canadian soldiers many heavily laden with equipment attacked through the wind driven snow and sleet into the face of deadly machine gun fire the canadians advanced behind a creeping barrage