The Last Stand As the Allies paved their way through German territory in mid-1944, Hitler desperately tried to push the Allies back by putting to action a surprise attack that failed. After the victory in Normandy, the Allies quickly advanced on toward France (Cayton 442). At this point of time, war with Europe was clearly coming to an end and the Allies were regaining land. Hitler had to do something and he did. The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, was Hitler’s last counterattack on December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945 which became the largest battle the U.S. had ever fought and caught U.S. troops by surprise, killing nearly 80,000 soldiers (Bulge).
We had used 250 heavy guns and 2500 shells aiming at the enemy positions. As part of our plan, we placed microphones through no-man’s land to hear sound waves from the guns. We became lucky as a snow storm began to blow in the faces of the Germans. All our Canadian troops felt a sense of pride and accomplishment as we won the battle of Vimy Ridge. However it causes me great sorrow that we have lost 3500 of our own men.
Canada showed how independent of a country it is during WWI, after WWI, during WWII, and after WWII which was the post war. World War I was the main key source that caused Canada to grow drastically and be more independent than ever before. Canada’s soldiers made huge contributions and turned out to be a successful fighting force in the whole war. They went from being totally disrespected and deemed weak to gaining great respect and becoming the allies. They were thrown into the front of the most important and most difficult battles, and were clearly discerned from other British and Commonwealth troops
LZ77 and LZ95 were both shot down by French artillery. On August 1, 1917 the Germans dissolved airship service against the French. Zeppelins weren’t used in any battle after that, and they never would be used again because of their risks to be shot down. What Happened to Zeppelins After the War? When the war was over, and the Versailles Treaty was put into action, the German zeppelin fleet was surrendered to the Allies.
* On October 24, the French began attacking Germany lines around the city. Making heavy use of artillery, they were able to push the Germans back on the east bank of the river. By December the Germans had been nearly forced back to their original lines. * The Battle of Verdun was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War I. Killing more than 250 000 people and leaving over one million wounded.
Vimy Ridge was fought at the Vimy Glide, Lead by Byng and Arthur Currie. This was a divining moment for Canadian military history; it was the first time all four of the Canadian divisions fought together. The battle took a a lot of planning from Currie and Byng. They made the troops practice in possible scenarios of what battle would be like. Unlike Haig, Currie gave all the troops detailed maps.
The American industial production had reached its peak by the end of 1943. “At the beginning of 1944, The United States and Great Britain had accumulated in the British Isles the largest number of men and the greatest amount of of material ever assembled to launch and sustain an amphibious attack” (Nelson, 1993, D-Day). Three months before the attack of D-Day an airstrike was planned to pave the way for invasion by restricting the enemy’s ability to shift reserves. “Despite the bad weather Dwight D. Eisenhower made the decision to attack on June 6, 1944” (Nelson, 1993, D-Day). At 0200, military time, that morning one British and two American airbourne divisions were dropped behind the beaches of Normandy in order to secure routes of regress from the beaches for the seabourne forces” (Frank, 2001, World) This enabled the Western Alllies to trap the Axis powers that guarded the beach and smash them like a sandwich, by attacking them from two sides.
On Saturday, December 16th, 1944, at exactly 5:30 in the morning, the Germans launched their attack. Artillery shells of all description came pouring in from behind the Siegfried line. The shells exploded everywhere, the shells threw snow and dirt high, uprooted tree, served communication line, shattered command posts, and blasted foxholes to nothing but a gaping hole in the ground. The Germans massive attack on the Western allied was under way and for the German soldiers that survived it was called the Ardennes Offensive. For the Americans, because of the huge and deep indentation it made in their lines, it would be called the Battle of the Bulge.
By this time all of Britain’s allies had been taken over by the Nazis and Britain stood alone. The reason the Germans were doing this was they wanted a save passage over the channel to Britain without getting bombed and then knock Britain out of the war. On 18 June the priminster, Churchill gave a speech to the British saying "... the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin." Four days later, France surrendered to Germany and Hitler turned his attention to Britain.
Canada and immigration policies have never really gone together until the last twenty to twenty five years. Only then did Canada realize that immigration isn’t a bad thing and that we were mistreating the people that wanted to come to Canada. Think of back when the Canadian Pacific Railway was being built. WE promised these people so much only if they came to work here, and we tricked them. The land that promised them this stuff was obviously not the promise land.