Remembering Hill 70
In the summer of 1917, a British offensive was planned in Belgium near Passchendaele in order to sweep the German forces from the English Channel coast. To divert the German reinforcements, they ordered an attack against the city of Lens in northern France. The high ground around the city, particularly a feature designated as Hill 70, was vital to the German defences. On August 15, 1917, the Canadians seized the trenches around Hill 70; over the next ten days they would fight a bitter battle, taking nearly 9 200 casualties—but capturing or killing over 20 000 Germans. On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hill 70, we remember their sacrifice.
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