MIDAlpha TitleTitleYearColor/BWRunning TimeFormatsAbstractTopics
7811BAPTISM OF FIRE--YPRES/SLAUGHTER AND SACRIFICE--SOMME*BAPTISM OF FIRE--YPRES/SLAUGHTER AND SACRIFICE--SOMME*2001color94 minvhs (For King and Empire: Canada's Soldiers In the Great War series, Part 1)
From 1914 to 1918 Canada sent 400,000 soldiers overseas to fight during the first world war? 60,000 of them died. For King and Empire: Canada's Soldiers In the Great War is the story of those soldiers. Host Norm Christie uses photos and film footage from the war, excerpts from letters sent by soldiers to loved ones, and visits to old battle sites and war memorials to show us the heroism and horror of the war and how it affected Canada.

  • Episode 1 -- Baptism of Fire: The Canadians at Ypres -- 1915 (47 min) Covers the start of Canada's soldiers in the war, the use of chemical weapons, and the great toll at the Battle at Ypres.

  • Episode 2 -- Slaughter an Sacrifice: The Canadians at the Somme -- 1916 (47 min) Goes over the battles at Somme, especially the many attempts to take various trenches in the area and the village of Courcelette. 25,000 Canadians died.
    (Donated to the EMC by W. A. Douglas Jackson) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)