Remembrance Day and Passchendaele: Read and Watch More

Remembrance Day and Passchendaele: Read and Watch More

The remains of a German pill-box at Passchendaele, November 1917. Library and Archives Canada

 

UPDATED November 14, 2017 9:35amET


Watch CPAC’s live coverage of this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Ottawa’s National War Memorial:


Read the official program schedule from the Royal Canadian Legion

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele on Nov. 10, 1917. Watch this Telling Times look at the battle in western Belgium that left 15,654 Canadian casualties — including more than 4,000 dead — after several weeks of fighting through horrific conditions:

This year’s Senate Remembrance ceremony also focused on Passchendaele:

Canada was in the midst of a bitter, divisive election campaign in the autumn of 1917. At issue was conscription — whether young men would be forced into uniform. And it pitted two giants of Canadian politics, Sir Robert Borden and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, on opposite sides.

Watch The Campaigns: Blood and the Ballot:

The First World War remains by far Canada’s bloodiest military mission. More than 60,000 Canadians were killed, compared to 42,000-plus during the Second World War.

CPAC in Focus: Vimy Ridge at 100

Annotated Hansard: Parliament and the First World War

The casualty rate tells the story. About one in 10 who served from 1914 to 1918 died, compared to approximately one in 26 between 1939 and 1945.

The number rises if you consider only those Canadians who actually deployed to the Western Front.

Here’s where they fought in France and Belgium:

SOURCE: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War: Candian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919

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-Compiled by Andrew Thomson