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The Battle of Vimy Ridge - Part 2: Keys to Victory

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By the time the Canadians moved to Vimy Ridge in the north of France, they had been in the trenches for two years and thousands had died or been wounded in futile battles. This video explores the cruel realities of World War I including trench life, the butchery of combat in the world's first total war, and the grinding tedium men faced in trying to survive the most static battlefront in human history. Life in the trenches was miserable: they were usually muddy and rife with lice and disease. In order to take Vimy Ridge, the Canadians had to develop innovative tactics - outlined in this video - such as new ways to use artillery and indirect fire.

1997, 27 min 08 s