Baptism of Fire

Paperback | October 20, 2008

byNathan M. Greenfield

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The Second Battle of Ypres was, by any definition, a brutal event in a brutal war. The already terrible conditions of trench warfare, punctuated by the unimaginable horror of shell fire that turned men into “pink mist,” became even worse when the Germans introduced chlorine gas. But despite the terror, the battle marked a key moment in the formation of Canadian identity and pride. After the Germans’ initial gas attack opened a 12-kilometre-long hole in Allied lines, it was the heroic 1st Canadian Division—men who had been in the trenches for just over a week—who rushed to fill the gap and block the enemy advance.
    Drawing on never-before-published material, Nathan M. Greenfield, author of The Battle of the St. Lawrence, presents a gripping new account of the Second Battle of Ypres. Here are the voices of the soldiers themselves—both Canadian and German—reaching across more than 90 years with a stunning immediacy.

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The Second Battle of Ypres was, by any definition, a brutal event in a brutal war. The already terrible conditions of trench warfare, punctuated by the unimaginable horror of shell fire that turned men into “pink mist,” became even worse when the Germans introduced chlorine gas. But despite the terror, the battle marked a key moment in...

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The Second Battle of Ypres pitted highly trained German soldiers—armed with the first weapon of mass destruction, chlorine gas—against the 1st Canadian Division, which had been in the trenches for just over a week. Yet it was the Canadians who triumphed, stopping the German advance. After that battle, which claimed John McCrae’s close ...

NATHAN M. GREENFIELD, Ph.D., is the Canadian correspondentforThe Times Educational Supplementand is acontributor toMaclean’s,Canadian GeographicandThe TimesLiterary Supplement. He is the author ofBaptism of Fire, whichwas a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and the widely praisedThe Battle of the St. Lawren...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:October 20, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006395767

ISBN - 13:9780006395768

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