Vimy Ridge from the Bend in the Souchez-Arras Road, 7 July 1919
David B. Milne
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
35.4 x 50.6 cm
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 8469)
"Long before I enlisted, at a time when I had no idea that I would ever have any direct connection with the war, I knew quite a bit about Vimy Ridge, something about the Canadian attack in April 1917 ... Now that I had seen it and was to wander over it for days and weeks there were some surprises. It wasn't so high as I pictured it, not higher than some of the hills and ridges at home in Bruce county ... It was only when the crest was reached that the importance of Vimy ridge and the reason for all the heavy fighting was clear. It wasn't the highest ground, but, coming from the west it was the last high ground and from it I looked down over a plain stretching east into the haze."
Unpublished autobiography, 1947