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Old 04-13-2007, 05:09 PM
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I was watching a docu. on Vimy the other day and they said that Germans still know the Canadian artillery bombardment of Vimy as the week of suffering. True?

Over 7 days we dropped over a million rounds of heavy artillery fire. I wanted to break that down.

I hate math, but I think that would be roughly 100 rounds per minute for a week. Whiped out 80% of defenses. Week of suffering indeed. I wonder, if you are among the 20% to still be alive after day 7...how do your ears feel.

The show was an hour and a half long. Don't remember what it was called. It was awesome. We built a labrinth under that place. Our soldiers carved our flag all over the place into the tunnells they dug. They are still there.

I love it, I love it. 200 000+ people died trying and then we got mad at them.

Canada, with a population of only 7.8 million managed to send over 600 000 troops. 49% of our population (roughly) was male. That number was smaller after the war of course. That's a large junk of able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 40 who went to fight. Imagine a war today that required such numbers to win. Madness.
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Old 04-15-2007, 02:17 PM
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I was watching a docu. on Vimy the other day and they said that Germans still know the Canadian artillery bombardment of Vimy as the week of suffering. True?

Over 7 days we dropped over a million rounds of heavy artillery fire. I wanted to break that down.

I hate math, but I think that would be roughly 100 rounds per minute for a week. Whiped out 80% of defenses. Week of suffering indeed. I wonder, if you are among the 20% to still be alive after day 7...how do your ears feel.

The show was an hour and a half long. Don't remember what it was called. It was awesome. We built a labrinth under that place. Our soldiers carved our flag all over the place into the tunnells they dug. They are still there.

I love it, I love it. 200 000+ people died trying and then we got mad at them.

Canada, with a population of only 7.8 million managed to send over 600 000 troops. 49% of our population (roughly) was male. That number was smaller after the war of course. That's a large junk of able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 40 who went to fight. Imagine a war today that required such numbers to win. Madness.
Please tell us a little more about that CS . I've never heard of it. We're talking WW1,yeh?
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[url]http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=memorials/tomb/thetomb/vimyback&CFID=13898149&CFTOKEN=48860331[/url]
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[url]http://europeanhistory.about.com/od/canadainww1/Canada_in_WW1.htm[/url]
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Your country made a remarkable contribution, you all should be proud of it....
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Your country made a remarkable contribution, you all should be proud of it....
Same goes for a lot of others of course. It feels good propping up your own history from time to time though, especially when it is such a gloriously successful story.

Glad I wasn't there. I doubt, very much that any of us understand what it was like.
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Same goes for a lot of others of course. It feels good propping up your own history from time to time though, especially when it is such a gloriously successful story.

Glad I wasn't there. I doubt, very much that any of us understand what it was like.
Your absolutely right... the experiences of those men are unique to them in the sense that nobody can fully understand it unless they were there.. thats also what bonds soldiers together who have seen combat.

Our experiences define our character, and for those men, there cannot be any higher test of character..... Uncommon Valor was a common virtue.....
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