You know Hughie, this is suicide,
were the final words of Talbot Papineau as he lead his men
Over the Top into the carnage of battle. Passchendaele was
one of the most infamous battles in History. When the Canadians
arrived in Flanders, fresh from their great successes at Vimy,
Arleux, Fresnoy and Hill 70, they found a devastated battlefield,
and the stench of death permeated the air. Their task was
to carry-on the fight, and although the Offensive was hopelessly
mired down and had cost 200,000 men, they had to take Passchendaele.
Against the mud and the Germans the Canadians fought a tenacious
battle, driving the enemy out of the village and maybe more
miraculously, holding on. Two weeks in the mud of Flanders
cost the Canadians 16,000 men. It was a fantastic, but hopeless
This volume includes an historical Overview of the Battle;
a Battlefield Tour of 8 Points; a list of 20 Cemeteries and
memorials where the Canadians killed in Battle are commemorated
or buried. Asides in the book include: The Menin Gate, Alexander
DeCoteau, Story of a War Memorial (Thessalon, Ontario), The
Body Snatchers, Talbot Papineau, Canadian Indians and Conscription.
Profusely illustrated with maps, photos and drawings, and
includes a fold-out Tour map at the back of the book.
This volume was included in the TV series, For King &
Empire, Eps 4. The DVD covers the battle like the book, and
is literally a walking tour.