Hill 70 Memorial Project

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1.            The Battle of Hill 70 saw an outnumbered Canadian Army Corps seize a critical point on the German defensive line in August of 1917.  Taking this vital high ground, which overlooked the town of Lens, were 14 Canadian battalions, under the command of LtGen Currie.  The Corps took the ridge from six German battalions, and subsequently succeeded in defending their ground against a counter-attack of 15 German battalions.  There were over 8,000 Canadian causalities.  Six Victoria Crosses were awarded. Although very much on a par with the earlier action at Vimy Ridge, the battle of Hill 70, conducted primarily by Canadian troops, and under sole Canadian command, is not recognized formally as a significant event in Canadian history.  There is no distinguishing feature to honour the men who achieved this stunning victory, and nine decades after the event, the issue remains a subject of discussion and concern among historians within and outside of Canada.  A group of like-minded Canadians, from various backgrounds have come together to consider rectifying the absence of a nationally significant memorial to recognize the action on Hill 70.  The Project has been designed to unfold in distinct phases, as funding is acquired.


2.           The purpose of the Project is to recognize the accomplishment and the national significance of the Canadian victory at Hill 70 (H70), on the occasions of the 100th anniversary in August 2017.

3.            Project objectives include:

  1. Procure an appropriate site on Hill 70 suitable for the erection of a  monument (accomplished);
  2. Design (completed) and build a monument (completed — dedicated 8 Apr 2017 and opened to the public at centennial commemoration 22 Aug 2017);
  3. Raise sufficient funds in order to accomplish the monument erection and to provide sustainability funds following erection (accomplished);
  4. Plan and execute a historically significant ceremony (accomplished);
  5. Develop and implement a Hill-70 related educational program for the general Canadian public and for Canadian and French secondary school students (distributed 3,500 copies); and,
  6. Establish a capability to maintain the H70 Memorial site and Education Programs in perpetuity (accomplished).