NarrativesJune 9 2010 at 7:26 PM
|Ed Storey |
Response to Myths about Vimy Ridge, as per Jack Sheldon "The German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917"
Even though the old addage that the victors write the history does have merit, I would be cautious of any German 'evidence' that may take the sting out of any battle that they have lost. Following along the lines of the Japanese who have a difficult time admitting that they had any part to play in the events leading up to or during the Second World War, the Germans have a difficult time grasping with the fact that they have lost major military engagements to non-professional armies like the Canadians.
Using the argument that 'ground was given up' to support an in-depth defensive posture or to draw the enemy into less favourable ground can easily be used to explain away any key battle whether it is Vimy, the Normandy Invasion or the Rhine Crossing. What has to be remembered is which side ended up signing cease-fire documents first and not let their perception of events lesson the achievements and sacrifices of our Veterans.