On Demand Tour: The Capture of Vimy Ridge – 1917

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 11 reviews)


Title – The Capture of Vimy Ridge – 1917

Battlefield Guide – Jesse Alexander

Tour Manager – James Taub


Tour length about 75 min

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On a snowy Easter morning on April 9, 1917, the men of the Canadian Corps clambered out of their trenches and began the fabled attack on Vimy Ridge. The assault on the ridge was part of the Battle of Arras, designed to draw German attention away from the main French offensive further south. The Bavarian defenders of the Gruppe Vimy were outnumbered, outgunned, and had the steep face of the ridge behind them – but they also had the advantage of prepared defences. The Vimy position had allowed the Germans to dominate the surrounding area since 1914 and was honeycombed with trenches and dugouts.

Over the course of four hard-fought days, the four Canadian divisions, fighting alongside one another for the first time in the war, captured the ridge at terrible cost on both sides. This impressive tactical achievement has become the most famous battle in Canadian history, and the massive memorial atop the ridge is the focal point of Canada’s Great War commemorations. For many Canadians, Vimy Ridge is a symbol of Canada’s wartime sacrifice and emerging national awareness.

This virtual tour will explore the preserved battlefield on the ridge and immerse you in the drama of Easter 1917.


11 reviews for On Demand Tour: The Capture of Vimy Ridge – 1917

Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2022

A true 5 star tour! I wish I had seen it before I visited in 2018; made everything extremely clear. Super presentation by Jesse Alexander, well organized and brilliantly enhanced with the use of today’s latest technology.

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Michael Holubar
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Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2022

This is the standard by which all virtual tours should be judged. Many are good, quite a few are excellent this was outstanding elevates itself through huge variety of techniques, evidence, clarity and sincerity. Clever guy Jesse. Keep going, get down to Ourador SurGlane and tell us what you discover.

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John McGeoghan
Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2022

Many thanks for an excellent well rounded tour.

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Valerie Downes
Rated 5 out of 5
January 16, 2022

An excellent tour by Jesse whose thorough knowledge and enthusiasm are evident. Really enjoyed the clear use of multimedia; personal testimonies, drones, virtual mapping and clear explanation and map marking. Went into a pit of buffering towards the end but am watching back the short bits I missed. Thanks.

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Paul Simcox
Rated 5 out of 5
January 16, 2022

Well presented tour. Lots of detail on the map, nice use of drone footage to help clarify the lie of the land, and the talk is supported with many photos. Really good.

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Derry Warners