OTTAWA, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - An advertising supplement is appearing
today in Canadian newspapers regarding Paul Gross' new film Passchendaele,
which opens in theatres October 17th.
The following is an entry which War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton has posted
on his blog, www.cliffchadderton.ca, regarding the film:
It seems to me, the first serious reading the school kids of the 1930's
did about the First World War was John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields." Then,
bit by bit, we heard stories from men who had been at the Front and had served
in major campaigns such as:
- the Battle of Ypres (1915)
- the Battle of the Somme (1916)
- Vimy Ridge (1917)
Unfortunately (up until now) there has been an abject shortage of reading
and film material on Passchendaele. Fortunately, this coming October will see
the release of a new Passchendaele feature film by Paul Gross.
Paul has written about the film for the official Web site. Just a few
highlights about Passchendaele follow:
- The battle for Passchendaele claimed 1,000,000 casualties on both
sides. One soldier said: "If hell is anything like Passchendaele, I
would not wish it on my worst enemy."
- Passchendaele has become synonymous with the horrors of the First World
- On November 6, 1917, the Canadians took the village of Passchendaele
and, on November 10, they reached Hill 52 where they dug in, bringing
victory to the Allied Cause.
- Canada sent more than 600,000 men to the crucible of the Western Front.
In fact, of all the Allied armies, the Canadians were most feared by
the enemy, so feared the Germans coined the word 'storm-trooper' to
refer to us.
- British Prime Minister Lloyd George summed it up when he said,
"Whenever the Germans found the Canadian Corps coming into the line,
they prepared for the worst."
- The Fighting 10th from Calgary was commanded by General Dan Ormond. He
said of them: "There may have been equally good fighting units, but
there was never one any better."
In this blog, I proudly point to the forthcoming release of the
Passchendaele film. It is a MUST-SEE for students, and those who study and
revere Canadian military history. In fact, it is a must-see for all Canadians.
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