The VIMY Ridge Award

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January 1 to April 9, 2017


The Vimy Ridge, a WWI battle site, is an escarpment 7 km in length and rising 60 m. above the adjacent Douai Plains in the north east corner of France. This was part of the "Western Front", the main theater of battle in WWI which stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border at the south end. Vimy Ridge, despite its small size, was of huge strategic importance. It commanded a great field of fire and blocked advances up the adjacent broad valleys towards important mining and industrial sites visible from the ridge. Occupied by German forces after 1914, attempts by the French and British forces to take the Ridge had repeatedly failed with casualties numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

In April of 1917, four Canadian Divisions, fighting as a unified force, using new tactics derived from the recent Battle of the Somme, captured the main part of the Ridge on the first day of combat and completely occupied the entire ground in four days. Vimy Ridge remained in Allied hands for the rest of the war and served as the base for the wireless operations of the Canadian Corps of Signals. The Vimy success was welcome news to war-weary Canada and it stirred a new sense of nationhood that some historians describe as the "moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation"

Portable operations are scheduled as follows:
January 1 to March 30, 2017 (one week for each Province and Territory)
The suffix for province/territory will be shown as /VE1, /VE2, etc.

Fixed Operations at the Canadian Monument Park:
April 1 to April 9, 2017
No suffix to be used at this location.

Award Certificates (PDF) are available based upon the number of contacts with portable operations: VO1,/VO2,/VE1,/VE2,/VE3,/VE4,/VE5,/VE6,/VE7,/VE8,/VE9,/VY0,/VY1,/VY2.
Logs from the portable operations will be uploaded to HA2NA and your award status may be checked and awards requested at

Certificate levels are related to the Vimy Ridge attack objective lines. Each line was an objective where the attack regrouped and continued. The Pimple was the final objective captured. A poppy will be added for contact with the operation at Vimy Ridge in France..

Certificate        # of Operations
Black Line                    3
Red Line                       5
Blue Line                      7
Brown Line                  10
The Pimple                  13

Certificate Procedure: You may check your progress in contacting the station from each province and territory. Go to: . Enter your call sign and a display will show contacts they have in their record for you. When you have made all the contacts you are going to make, and wish for the certificate, send an e-mail to: at Make sure you give the name you want to appear on the award, and a digital award will be sent to you thereafter.

Internet (Home Page):
Internet: (Award Rules):
Internet: (Your status page):

(Yes, I know the word SATUS in the last URL should have been STATUS).

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