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The Battle: April 9th


5:30 a.m. -  983 guns open fire for 3 minutes before soldiers begin the journey across no-man's land

Weather - snow, sleet, and hail with brief amounts of sunshine

Training paid off - when officers were killed the next in line took over to prevent chaos

Canadian reach front lines to the surprise of Germans; panicked Germans escape through tunnels to warn others


Brutal fighting continued until final hill, "the Pimple," was captured on April 14 by Brig.-Gen. Edward Hilliam, a former Alberta rancher. (On the official report he signed his name "Lord Pimple.")