The 85th Battalion Companies “C” and “D” were composed mostly of Cape Bretoners and mainland Nova Scotians and were led by Captain Percival Anderson of Big Baddeck, Cape Breton. Cape Bretoners had much in common with the people of the Nord-Pas-de Calais-Picardie (Vimy) region of France: industry (coal mining); music (fiddling); history (Louisbourg was constructed by King Louis XlV between 1713 and 1740 at such great expense he once said he could see it all the way from Versailles); and culture. Those ties were strengthened when the 85th took Hill 145 and turned the tide of the war. They were further strengthened with the twinning of the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and District #8 of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The map is still under construction and will be updated and completed by Canadian, French, and German students to provide a comprehensive history of the battle.