Canada’s ambitious decision to invade Vimy, France during WWI was without a doubt a nationalistic moment that shaped Canada through the birth of a nation, the impact it had on warfare and other after effects. On April 9, 1917, the first wave of over 20,000 Canadian Corps were given orders to seize Vimy Ridge. The three-day long victory, however, came at the cost of 3,598 Canadian lives and another 7,000 wounded. Canadians accomplished what others had tried to do for over three years in a mere three days by simulating the conditions of Vimy Ridge. In addition, the Canadians advanced behind the “creeping barrage,” liberating the ridge under the command of lieutenant-general Sir Arthur Currie. Firstly, the victory resulted in the Germans referring to Canadian soldiers as “Stormtroopers,” signifying the start of Canada’s transition to become an independent nation. During his time as Governor-General David Johnson advocated the opinion of many historians and Canadians stating, “The Battle of Vimy Ridge marked ‘the birth of a nation’ for Canada.” Canada’s independent existence was not only recognized by the Germans, however, it was recognized by all countries; especially those who had failed to successfully occupy the ridge such as The United States, France, and Britain. Moreover, soldiers engraved their names, the name of their cities, family members and the maple leaf inside the maze of tunnels they dug because they were leaving their identities for the future. The Battle of Vimy Ridge changed the tide of the war and all wars to come. This was because it was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together. This lead to tighter relationships between Canadian soldiers, and the boost of morale for the allied forces. In addition, the this was the first time a Canadian commanding officer, Sir Arthur Currie was given a lead role in a battle adding to Canada’s reputation. The battle of Vimy Ridge affected all future wars as Currie brought Canada recognition by extensively preparing troops, redefining the creeping barrage and topographic maps, all being used today in Afghanistan. Adding on, four Canadian soldiers Private William Milne, Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton, Private John Pattison and Captain Thain MacDowell were awarded the Victoria Cross, recognizing Canadian soldiers as heroes. Afterward, with the endless hard work The Canadian Corps put into the battle, and all others, Canada signed the Treaty of Versailles and joined the League of Nations attaining its goal for global recognition and sovereignty. Furthermore, After the war, France had remembered the tireless soldier’s efforts by granting the Canadian government ownership of Hill 145 for eternity. It is then that The Canadian National Vimy Memorial was unveiled on July 26, 1936, to forever commemorate all Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. The memorial was only one of two historic sites outside of Canada showing that France had recognized its endeavours. Though the Battle of Vimy Ridge had cost many lives it gave those that lost their lives their identities, the identities to their family, country, it shaped the art of war forever and overall, brought further effects that would commemorate the event as one that would define Canada’s present identity.