Hell in Flanders Fields: Canadians at the Second Battle of Ypres
Written by George H. Cassar.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2010.
|On April 22, 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 five 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, George H. Cassar skillfully blends into the history of the battle the graphic and moving words of the men in 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.
George H. Cassar, who obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, is a professor or European and military history at Eastern Michigan University and a leading authority on the First World War.
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