Saturday April 8 at 1pm
The Eve of Battle, the Brink of Nationhood with Patricia Campbell
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, join us for an illustrated talk to learn more about this incredible event in Canadian history.
At dawn on April 9, 1917, on a muddy battlefield in France, there began the greatest artillery barrage in human history. The firing of thousands of British heavy artillery signalled the beginning of a battle that would go down in Canadian history and, some claim, would make Canada a nation on the world stage.
As Canadians, we have all heard something about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, but few know more than the fact that Canadian soldiers took the ridge, against all expectations. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of that famous battle, join us at the TOM to learn more about this incredible event in Canadian history. Patricia Campbell, who has researched the battle for the TOM’s Anniversary Exhibition, Betwixt & Between, An Untold Tom Thomson Story, will present an engaging and fascinating talk on one of Canada’s defining moments as a nation.
Image: Alfred Theodore Joseph Bastien, “Canadian Gunners in the Mud”, 1917.