Some are tactically important, others are strategically significant. There are famous disasters, as well as brave and daring episodes in Canada’s military history. Historian David Borys picks 10 battles that made a difference.
Battles of Gravenstafel Ridge and St. Julien – April 22 to May 5, 1915
Canadian Casualties: 6,064 wounded and killed
Vimy Ridge – April 9 to 12, 1917
10,602 wounded and killed
Amiens – Aug. 8 to 12, 1918
9,074 wounded and killed
Canal Du Nord and Cambrai – Sept. 27 to Oct. 11, 1918
13,672 wounded and killed
Dieppe – Aug. 19, 1942
1,413 wounded and killed, 1,946 captured
Assoro – July 20 to 22, 1943
Juno Beach – June 6, 1944
1,200 wounded and killed
Breskens Pocket – Oct. 6 to Nov. 3, 1944
600 wounded and killed
Groningen – April 14 to 18, 1945
209 wounded and killed
Kap Yong – April 22 to 25, 1951
33 wounded and killed
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Dr. David Borys is a military historian who currently teaches at UBC Okanagan. He specializes in Canadian military history, civil affairs and modern civil-military relations. Check out his twitter feed at @docborys.
A previous version of this feature incorrectly said the 9th Canadian Infantry Battalion carried out an amphibious assault during the Breskens Pocket battle in the Second World War. In fact, it was the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade. This article also referred to the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion instead of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade. In addition, due to an editing error, the description of the Groningen battle, also in the Second World War, involved an assault by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division on German, Dutch and Belgian troops. In fact, the units involved were the Canadians, along with Dutch Resistance against German, Belgian and Dutch SS troops.
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