Andrew Iarocci - Conquering the Ridge: The Battle of Vimy-Arras in History and Memory

This talk will examine how collective understanding of the battles for Vimy Ridge and the 1917 Arras offensive has evolved over the past century. It will compare and contrast the operational history of the Arras sector with popular memory, and suggest alternative approaches for situating the 1917 battle and the national memorial site in Canada’s larger narrative of the Great War.


Andrew Iarocci teaches history at the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Military College of Canada.

His major publications include A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars, Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-15, and Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment.

He spent three years at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, as a research fellow and also as the collections manager for transportation and artillery.

At the moment is working on a detailed study of transportation and supply on the Western Front, from British Empire and Canadian perspectives.

He is widely interested in the material history of the Canadian Forces and has salvaged and reconditioned several Canadian military vehicles.