Some people say that the battle of Vimy Ridge was the war that Canada proved themselves as not just a colony, but a nation. This battle was three days long. It went from April 9th to April 12th in the year of 1917. The battle took place in Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. Canada was now considered it's own independent nation because Canada was the only nation to successfully capture the German high grounds. Beginning in 1915, the French repeatedly tried to take this strategically important high ground. For two years they failed and lost 150,000 men during their attempts. After the French, The British then tried to take the high grounds. But the also failed. Canada succeded because for months Canadian Major-General Sir Arthur William Currie had researched and planned for his troops inevitable assault on Vimy Ridge. Also Canada used taticts that the other nations hadn't tried before. The Canadians fire heavy arteliary on the Germans and then climbed out of the trenches battling their way closer to the high grounds. Another tactic they used was digging tunnels under to try and attack Germany from behind inside of the high grounds. The Canadians called back the British army, and advanced throughout the day. The Germans faced heavy casualties and were forced to retreat, and be forced out of Vimy Ridge.