The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a military engagement fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War. The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army. The battle, which took place from 9 to 12 April 1917, was part of the opening phase of the British-led Battle of Arras, a diversionary attack for the French Nivelle Offensive.
The objective of the Canadian Corps was to take control of the German-held high ground along an escarpment at the northernmost end of the Arras Offensive. This would ensure that the southern flank could advance without suffering German enfilade fire. Supported by a creeping barrage, the Canadian Corps captured most of the ridge during the first day of the attack. The town of Thelus fell during the second day of the attack, as did the crest of the ridge once the Canadian Corps overcame a salient of considerable German resistance. The final objective, a fortified knoll located outside the town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle fell to the Canadian Corps on 12 April. The German forces then retreated to the Oppy-Mericourt line.
Historians attribute the success of the Canadian Corps in capturing the ridge to a mixture of technical and tactical innovation, meticulous planning, powerful artillery support and extensive training, as well as the failure of the German Sixth Army to properly apply the new German defensive doctrine. The battle was the first occasion when all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in a battle together and thus became a Canadian nationalistic symbol of achievement and sacrifice. A 100 ha (250 acres) portion of the former battleground serves as a preserved memorial park and site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
The Planetary Positions
Sun – 18 Aries 45′
Moon – 7 Scorpio 52′
North Node – 15 Capricorn 10′
Mercury – 29 Aries 54′
Venus – 14 Aries 17′
Mars – 10 Aries 25′
Jupiter – 11 Taurus 8′
Saturn – 23 Cancer 50′
Uranus – 22 Aquarius 44′
Neptune – 2 Leo 5′
Pluto – 2 Cancer 26′
Ascendant – 23 Pisces 31′
Midheaven – 27 Sagittarius 24′
2nd House cusp – 12 Taurus 50′
3rd House cusp – 8 Gemini 29′
5th House cusp – 15 Cancer 49′
6th House cusp – 9 Leo 25′
The Human Spirit
This battle was considered by many people, Pierre Berton included, to be the turning point, of Canadian identity, from a British colony to a sovereign nation. All I knew, as a child, was that a lot of Canadians died here (almost 3,600), with many more wounded (over 7,000) and yet it was seen as a great Canadian victory.
The significance was that all four of the Canadian Expeditionary Force divisions worked together, and that seems to be borne out by the four personal planets in the 1st House, all in Aries: the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Let’s focus on them.
You like to be the first to do everything, and often you take risks that others consider unwise, because you want to be known for doing something that no one else will do. (Sun in Aries)
Your high level of self-confidence can be very useful, as long as you know your limitations and avoid being cocksure. (Sun in the First House)
You have a very quick mind and enjoy coming up with new ideas before anyone else. And your thinking is very independent. In fact you may even reject an idea simply because everyone else thinks that way. (Mercury in Aries)
You are always open to new ideas and willing to try anything once. You enjoy traveling or at least moving around as one way of settling your restlessness. When you are on the move, you feel alive. (Mercury in the First House)
With others, you often make no special effort to be popular and well-like. But people usually like you anyway because you are yourself, not because you are charming. You know what you want, and you are willing to go after it. (Venus in Aries)
You work very hard to get along with others, and you usually try to win arguments with diplomacy and tact rather than force. In general, force is not your way; instead you try to get what you want with coaxing and even flattery. (Venus in the First House)
You prefer to act on your own and set your own pace without waiting for people who work more slowly. If pressed, you will fight for your beliefs, (Mars in Aries)
You are very energetic and self-assertive, and you never retreat from a conflict. In fact, you may even look for a conflict where there is none. You always like to be the first to do anything, whether or not anyone else follows your lead. You just want everyone to know that you are no one’s follower. (Mars in the First House)
The problem here is that you are likely to become too emotionally involved with ideas, opinions or even objects without knowing it until someone threatens them. Then you react as if you were being personally threatened or attacked. You have to realize that it is possible to change your opinions and attitudes without changing your worth as a person. (Moon Inconjunct Mars)
You have very strong self-assertive energies, and you want to be in control of every situation you are in. If you do not get your way, you tend to lose your temper and strike out in a blind rage. (Mars Square Pluto)
This is traditionally considered a lucky aspect. You will have many more opportunities than most people, and favourable circumstances will seem to occur without any effort on your part. (Mars Sextile Jupiter)
Were they just lucky?
Vimy Monument courtesy of The Canadian Encyclopedia