Hell in Flanders Fields: Canadians at the Second Battle of Ypres

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Dundurn, Aug 30, 2010 - History - 424 pages
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On 22 April 1915, the men of the 1st Canadian Division faced chlorine gas, a new lethal weapon against which they had no defence. In defiance of a particularly horrible death, or, at the very least, severe lung injury, these untested Canadians fought almost continuously for four days, often hand-to-hand, as they clung stubbornly against overwhelming odds to a vital part of the Allied line after the French units on their left fled in panic. By doing so, they saved 50,000 troops in the Ypres salient from almost certain destruction, and, in addition, prevented the momentum of the war from tipping in favour of the Germans.

In this new, deeply researched account, the distinguished military historian George H. Cassar skillfully blends into the history of the battle the graphic and moving words of the men on the front line. Illustrated with outstanding photographs and numerous maps, and drawing from diaries, letters, and documents from every level of planning, Hell in Flanders Fields is an authoritative, gripping drama of politics, strategy, and human courage.

 

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I give this book a five star rating. It's a very powerful & moving tale of our brave men who went to get enlisted to serve their country. for those who don't know the consequences of war this book tells it all.

Contents

Maps
8
Preface
9
Acknowledgements
13
Chapter 1
15
Chapter 2
51
Chapter 3
78
Chapter 4
104
Chapter 5
127
Chapter 9
227
Chapter 10
249
Chapter 11
278
Chapter 12
303
Epilogue
316
Appendix
335
Notes
336
Bibliography
372

Chapter 6
152
Chapter 7
177
Chapter 8
207

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George H. Cassar, who obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, is a leading authority on the First World War. He has written many books on the subject, including Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914-1916, and Lloyd George at War, 1916-1918. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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