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 advanceDrawing 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 than 90 years with a stunning immediacy


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    It examines the manner in which this nation is purported to have come of age during the first gas attack on the Western Front Greenfield also has a lot to say about subsequent developments myth making and national pride