For King and Empire
Baptism of Fire: The Canadians at Ypres - 1915
Details: Fresh off the boat, Canada's amateur soldiers march straight to the "most dangerous sector on the Western Front," the bulge in the Allied line around the Belgian city of Ypres, the bulge known as "the Ypres Salient". Within days, the untried Canadians confront Germany's new secret weapon and the first mass poisoned gas attack in history. Fought to a bloody finish, the battle of Ypres 1915 signals the beginning of "total war."
Visit the battlefields of France and Belgium to retrace the steps of Canadian soldiers in the First World War. Drawing on powerful memoirs and letters, tours of present day battlegrounds, cemeteries and archive footage, Canadian historian Norm Christie tells the stories of Canadian soldiers from their perspective and captures what it was really like to fight "For King and Empire".