Second Battle of Ypres

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    World War I proclaimed the dawning of a new era of human conflict. The days of honorable combat were replaced with weapons of mass casualties such as machine guns and explosives of catastrophic proportions. But these tools of death paled in comparison to the horrors of chemical warfare. Poison gases removed the enemy, replacing him with a faceless horror that more resembled the superstitions and ghosts of the Dark Ages than the newest scientific advantages of the 20th century. From the personal accounts surrounding the first gas attack of World War I and subsequent relevant studies, it is evident that chemical weapons were far more lethal psychologically than physically. In the spring of 1915, the second battle of Ypres,…

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    against the German and Austro-Hungarian empires. The first major battle fought by Canadian troops in the First World War took place from 22 April to 25 May 1915, outside the Belgian city of Ypres. After arriving at Ypres, the Canadian soldiers took a position between the British and French division. Two Canadian brigades were in the front lines, with a third in reserve near Ypres. On April 22, at 5 p.m., the Germans released gas against the French 45th Division to the Canadians’ left. When it…

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    The night out was cold, about four degrees Celsius. Men were huddled up together, while others kept their eyes out for the German troops. The first battle of Ypres didn’t go so well, our enemies had used a new weapon on the French troops. It was some sort of deadly chemical weapon. It was April 21st, 1915, so far we didn’t know what to call this war. It was enormous, and affected most of the world. Poor Belgium wasn’t even a part of the force, but Germany tried to attack France by going through…

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    The poems and the excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front reflect the horrible impact that the atrocious conditions of trench warfare had on the men who were fighting it. They all show that through the starvation, dysentery, fatigue, utilization of industrialized weaponry, and loss of life with no territorial gain, the people were finding it harder and harder to continue fighting, both mentally and physically. The leaders of armies at first used combatant war tactics, but this only resulted…

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    As General Bernard Law Montgomery once said, “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” It is the make or break skill factor in a multitude of scenarios. In regard to his conduct in leadership, he was not short of critics, for he was a widely contested person of interest. Despite his critics, Montgomery deserved his praise, because of his extraordinary impact due to his leadership during the Battle of El Alamein,…

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    The book The Killer Angels by Micheal Shaara is about the battle of Gettysburg and attempts to convey the historical event by presenting it in a fashion that feels fictional, but is based on documents and letters that were set around that time. The book covers the event through the eyes of different confederate and union officers, and is told in such a way that you feel sympathetic to the characters because you can see their panic, and the decision making process that each officer uses. This…

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    The second battle of Bull Run also known as the “Second Battle of Manassas” was Larger in scale than the first. There were four primary generals, General Robert E. Lee, Major General John Pope, and Major General George B. McClellan. It had four times the amount of casualties than the original Battle of Bull Run. Taken place in Northern Virginia it was a battle between Union and Confederate Armies on August 28-30 1862. John Pope led the Union army, and on the Confederate side General Robert E.…

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    The battle of Ypres was the first major battle that was fought by Canadian Armed Forces. Ij this battle, 425,000 Canadians served, and by the end 60,600 were killed while 172,000 were wounded. In April of 1915, the Canadian troop were sent into Ypres to protect it and were determined to keep the Germans out. During the second gas attack, the chlorine gas “directly hit the Canadians. Many fled while other stayed, burying their faces in the trenches.”The ones who buried their faces trying to…

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    history that shaped our country economically, socially and politically. Canada as a nation continues to grow and each day, every moment, every second history is made. World War I was a time when Canada embraced as a nation. Canadian efforts during World War I was noteworthy and epoch making. World War I was one of the most deadly wars human history has ever seen. Canada’s contribution in World War I cannot be forgotten. Although there were many defining moments in Canada’s history, World War I…

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    Because of the achievements and sacrifices, we must embrace the perspective. Although we had not returned unscathed, our participation in World War 1 had led to a sense of nationhood. First, the Canadian citizens had eagerly volunteered in the war. The Canadian Patriotic Fund launched a fund for soldier’s families, despite that the inexperienced Canadian troops were heading to the Western Front of the war. Furthermore, during the beginnings of the Western Front, Germany’s new weapon, poison…

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