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Historian, Norm Christie, examines the old battlefields, visiting the cemeteries and memorials that hold the secrets to the legacy and sacrifices of the Canadians in the Battles of Mount Sorrel and Hill 70. These two battles cost Canada 5,000 dead, but few remember what their names. They were two vital battles that contributed to the ongoing development of the Canadian Corps.
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@rohypnotist6263 10 aylar önce
As a Belgian citizen I can assure you that it's mind boggling and incredibly sad to see the size of the old cemeteries when you visit .It's one thing to see it on a screen but when you are there and you see rows upon rows of grave stones with thousands of fallen soldiers ...To think that these men and sometimes only boys came from that far away to fight so my family and now me and my offspring could be free .The local farmers still find bombs and even human remains when working the fields , a century after the tragedy .I recommend visiting some of the many museums and cemeteries because a screen doesn't do the gravity of the human loss justice .The first time my parents took me there I was so overwhelmed that I hardly said a word the next couple of days .I'm in my 40's now and still visit whenever I am in the area .The sacrifice of these young men should never be forgotten .Rest in peace
@urbansurvivor2391 10 aylar önce
Well said. Moving words. Thank you
@TheMonkey747 9 aylar önce
Cemeteries usually have a weird humming sensation to them from sound reflecting off the headstones.
@broken1394 9 aylar önce
I feel the same when seeing pictures, reading books, hearing stories. The age and numbers of the fallen still shocks. BW. 🙋🏻‍♂️⚘️
@interman7715 9 aylar önce
I am Australian , 5 of my great uncles fought in Belgium, they all returned but were wounded and they suffered in silence.
@rohypnotist6263 9 aylar önce
@@interman7715 There's a reason they were called the greatest generation .They volunteered to go fight a war on the other side of the world so we could be free from tyranny here .
@cal9064 9 aylar önce
Several family members proudly served with the Canadian Corps. Including: Grandfather. He managed to survive Ypres. Others did not. While still others went on to great acclaim....including the awarding of a V.C. Or, were later killed in action. The story of Canadian heroism and sacrifice at Ypres and during the rest of the Great War, serves as a pivotal moment in history. When Canada became a great Nation.
@mwblackbelt 4 aylar önce
@cal9064 God bless the Canadians. I'm so glad they are our neighbors
@SteveBrownRocks2023 3 aylar önce
And now you’ve got Justin Turdeau. It’s a shame. 😔🇨🇦
@resevoirdog Aylar önce
Mine too :)
@mwblackbelt Aylar önce
@cal9064 Canadians rock!
@amooseish 8 aylar önce
My grandfather enlisted at 17 and was in 4th Div Engineers, first group to go over. In the CEF. Gassed at Ypres. Convalesced then back in at Festubert. Bayoneted and left for dead. 3 days later when bodies were being collected he managed a groan. When they grabbed his arms and ankles to take him away for burial. “This one’s not dead!” Survived, returned to Ontario. I have his paper notes from Festubert. He was one of the group that crawled through the hastily buried German bodies at the church. Gruesome. Put his hand through a body in the mud. The gassing eventually killed him at age 63.
@Drew791 9 aylar önce
Wow this is an aspect of WWI that I didn’t know about. Thank you. It’s wild to think huge numbers of soldiers came from across the ocean to defend a tiny neutral Belgian city that represented so much for so many. Sometimes it’s easy to lose the humanity when dealing with these bulk numbers so telling individuals’ stories is so important.
@mattdragonrider7888 9 aylar önce
Around 10% of the names on my hometown war memorial have the letter c beside them to denote that they were Canadian soldiers born in Scotland, John McPhail was my grandfather's cousin ,he fell at Vimmy ,my grandfather's brother served as a Canadian died of wounds received . I was at the menin gate to witness the commemoration of Vimmy ridge in 2018
@bradcobb3418 5 aylar önce
Excellent,informative and compassionate video. I've visited all these places but the memorial at Vimy is probably the most heart rending. The madness of the trenches being 25m apart and the multiple levels of underground trenches where there is still a train eusting away...just mind blowing.. Respect Canada!
@hollieBlu303 9 aylar önce
WW1 documentaries always make me think of the last episode of Blackadder Goes Fourth....I don't think I have ever been so moved by a piece of fiction. Then again it isn't really fiction....it's a representation of a real, tragic piece of our history. I still think the cast executed that last scene brilliantly. So sad
@jimparis5073 4 aylar önce
“Good luck, everyone”
@carolpenhaligon9150 4 aylar önce
My grandad was at Ypres salient with the duke of Cornwall 7 battalion ❤😢
@steveinthemountains8264 10 aylar önce
A very well told story about some extraordinary Canadian soldiers. I'm glad I caught this vid.
@vanlendl1 7 aylar önce
Germany did not attack Canada.
@jaywalker3087 7 aylar önce
My grandfather was at Paschendale. He joined up as a boy soldier in 1895. He came home with PTSD and was never the same again. What he must have seen came and haunted every night until he died......
@billolsen4360 6 aylar önce
Like my old neighbor back in LA, who was a concentration camp Jew. She said every night she was back in the camp.
@kryts27 4 aylar önce
I knew little about this battle in World War 1, and how the Canadian allies and brothers in the dominions fought and died there, although I know a bit more about other World War 1 battles. Obviously Ypres was the Candian's version equivalent of Gallipoli to the Australians and New Zealanders. I lost a relative in the First AIF in Belgium in 1917 in the bloody battle of Passchendaele. This horrific battle was mired in mud, in an unusually wet summer and autumn in Western Europe. My relation lasted 2 years in the AIF from when he enlisted and to when he was killed or missing. He was 23 years old when he died. He was promoted from private to lieutenant in that time, was gravely wounded at least once, and was awarded the Military Medal. I unfortunately don't have any of his letters from the front, his history came from a history book compiled from a relation on my mother's side. In comparison to the Australians fighting at Passchendaele, the Canadians won a great victory at Vimy Ridge near Arras in 1917. Australians and Canadians shared very similar experiences in WW1 from two young countries. Lest we forget.
@psadorski 10 aylar önce
Prof. Norm Christie is the best WW1 historian that I know. Imcredible view on the Great War
@southeastcoastalphotograph6719 9 aylar önce
This is one of the best WW1 documentaries I’ve ever seen. As an American I find it sad that I knew almost nothing about Canadas contributions to helping win The Great War. I wish I’m school I had been taught more about our North American brothers.
@davidsigalow7349 8 aylar önce
Canada has a proud, honorable military history and buried many of her sons in France, Belgium, Germany, and beyond. The Canadian army had a "beach of its own" on D-Day. We Americans - even those who are interested in history - have been done a disservice due to the lack of attention given to the Great War in our collective education. After all, 100 years later, we are still living in the world shaped by the Great War.
@iankerridge5720 7 aylar önce
I believe it is recorded that of all British and (at the time) Empire troops they faced on the Western Front of WW1, the Canadians were most feared and respected by the Germans
@dereknicholson7706 6 aylar önce
Sure were, that carried on to ww2. Peaceful and friendly till we hear war,Then a switch flips 😅Germans quoted ww2.didn't want to come against American artillery and Armour,British commanders and Canadian troops. Another lil known fact canadian beach ww2 was one of the most fortified beaches along side Omaha and forget the 3rd. Canadians Ended up farthest behind enemy lines.and were used as storm troopers ww1
@dereknicholson7706 6 aylar önce
Favorite church hill quote if I had american equipment, British commanders and Canadian troops I'd rule the world.
@dereknicholson7706 6 aylar önce
I appreciate the acknowledgement our efforts are usually always tied in to British or American operations and overlooked.tho you can't overlook vimy ridge ww1 the waltz or vimy glide was a work of art
@RaysRailVideos 10 aylar önce
It's a shame that the story of the Durham Light Infantry which was supported by the canadians and the DLI also supported the canadians during the fighting around Ypres is never told, my great great grandad was one of those killed in action and his body has never been found in and around the fields Ypres. God bless also those that served and never came home
@jonathanfell688 5 aylar önce
My Grandfather a Major in The Royal Horse Artillery was at Ypres. He received an MC for crawling forward over no man's land and taking the firing pins of 3 German machines guns that his batteries had driven underground.
@HistorySkills 10 aylar önce
The older I get the more I am fascinated by the First World War. Thanks.
@JuliusC1973 10 aylar önce
Same here, I always paid more attention to World War II, but this war needs to be appreciated more than it has in the past for how much it did change the world and the repercussions we still see to this day.
@gemmamudd7167 9 aylar önce
Me too
@gemmamudd7167 9 aylar önce
​@@JuliusC1973 yeah I agree
@vanlendl1 7 aylar önce
Well, then you should study the Balfour-Declaration, if you haven't already done it.
@HenriqueFPplay 5 aylar önce
Same thing
@bpinkhof 9 aylar önce
Thanks for this good video. My Flemish Grand-Mother was in Ypres that time, my grand grand father and his brother plus other family members were in those tranches, some of them died and more of them had succes. We remember them all. They fought for it, I am proud of them. From Flanders.
@markwagstaff7209 Aylar önce
I visited vimmy ridge a couple of years ago and what a fantastic memorial it is the statues are exquisite and the whole area is well serviced by Canadian volunteers a fitting tribute to Canadas fallen sons❤
@sharonwoodyatt395 23 gün önce
What an amazing guy! Such a wealth of information and experience. Just incredible. Thank you for sharing.
@broken1394 9 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing, Fabulous narration, thanks for not spaing the details and horrors of the deaths. Sad to think how many went to war thinking it'd be a big adventure only to find He'll on earth and an end. Rip
@michaelfrost4584 4 aylar önce
Soo sad, as a ex military veteran and a very proud Australian, my great uncle was killed there. May he R.I P.
@Pilinge 9 aylar önce
We used trench warfare to fight the islamic state in the Kurdish regions. Seeing the trenches again gives me chills. There were no charges or flame throwers, but we did have to face gas attacks, artillery barrages, snipers and machine guns. Instead of being taken prisoner our comrades would commit suicide, better that than to be beheaded. The pictures of the trenches in the video are just like the ones we had. It’s crazy that nothing changes after 100 years.
@vanlendl1 7 aylar önce
That trenches must have been an exception.
@LarryP248 Aylar önce
This content is excellent. A book I read that shared this content significantly altered my approach to life. "The Silent Bridge: Echoes of the Unspoken Past" by Emma Wick
@jameshowe50 10 aylar önce
The headstones seem so close...are these gallant lads buried shoulder to shoulder in a mass grave formation? Great documentary by the way...i always heard about the carnage of the line defending Ypres. Brave souls RIP
@yeeyourlasthaw2803 10 aylar önce
More than likely. There are quite a few mass graves from ww1 and ww1. Nobody knows where they all are. War makes things unstable.
@funstuff2006 10 aylar önce
They are individual burials - unless the grave markers say otherwise. There is actually a foundation that runs under the soil that the grave markers seat into so that the spacing is uniform. The idea is that the burials make no distinction based on rank, you'll pass graves where a Captain or a Major will be buried shoulder-to-shoulder with private soldiers. Perhaps not equal in life, but equal, by virtue of their sacrifice, in death. I have seen markers with the names of two soldiers on it (likely meaning when they were discovered at a later date and reinterred together), and markers that say "known to be burried in this cemetery." Even unknown soldiers exhumed from elsewhere (either a trench burial, or a cemetery consolidation) will get their own plot. Cemeteries with large(r) numbers of lost graves/unknown burials mark it in some fashion. Places like the Zivy Crater just have a panel with all the names of the men in that burial instead of individual markers, while other cemeteries will use a stubby obelisk-like marker detailing the number of unknowns in that cemetery, or who were known to be buried at a cemetery that was destroyed/lost due to bombardments or changes in the battlefield. edit: typo
@trevorfuller1078 10 aylar önce
The CEF (1914-18) consisted of between 40% to 65% of volunteers who had actually been born in others countries (Than Canada 🍁) both inside & outside the Empire & then, 80% on these had been born in the UK of Great Britain & Ireland🇬🇧, as it was in those times!
@alecblunden8615 10 aylar önce
This is not unique. Some 60% of Australian servicemen were born in the UK.
@brianedmiston9988 10 aylar önce
@@alecblunden8615 31:17 31:17 wgo
@hodaka1000 10 aylar önce
@@alecblunden8615 Yeah but the Australians were hundred percent volunteers
@TKM1951 10 aylar önce
CEF did not check or verify birth certificates. They had volunteers from North and South America ,Asia ,Europe and the UK .
@jeffshort2755 10 aylar önce
Great story of brave Canadians !
@gholamhassani758 5 aylar önce
As a human, the story of strangers killing each other over different uniforms demonstrates the true potential scope of psychopaths
@gholamhassani758 5 aylar önce
It's sort of dark humour, to have been merely socially shamed into allowing your sons to go to war, in exchange for ribbons and medals.
@alanboots1106 10 aylar önce
Thank you Canada, for your help in both world wars.
@brianperry 7 aylar önce
My wife's father was at Ypres. Although l never meet him.... he had died some years earlier.... she said he called the town Wipers as in windscreen 'Wipers'... He was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander..
@GoBlueGirl78 7 aylar önce
From Hamilton, then?
@LathropLdST 3 aylar önce
Yes, Brits called it Y-pers (or even Eepress), the French pronunciation was Eep.
@christophercoupe5006 10 aylar önce
We owe such an enormous debt to our veterans fighting all the wars against tyranny!! Not to judge anyone but we should be living lives worthy of their sacrifice!
@vanlendl1 7 aylar önce
Germany (German Empire) of 1914 was no tyranny.
@secdetau 6 aylar önce
My Great Uncle WJF Larwood 32nd Battalion AIF died there coming out of the line after the battle of Polygon Wood.
@davesmith7432 10 aylar önce
This documentary was brilliant.
@lockyraglus3358 10 aylar önce
Seen hundreds of war documentary’s this one is by far the best
@broken1394 9 aylar önce
The BBC Berlin 1945 in 3 parts is amazing as well.
@scottyfox6376 5 aylar önce
Salute to our fellow Canadian Colonial troops.🇦🇺🇨🇦
@bencoupe75 5 aylar önce
God Bless Canada for fighting tyranny no matter the distance or sacrifice
@richardaillas162 9 aylar önce
Think the Aussies might disagree with the statement that the Canadian Corps was the greatest on the Western front. To my mind they share the honours in this respect with the Aussies. Edit: My mistake not mentioning the Ausses and Kiwis. They were all the best with awesome reputations with the Germans.
@ossianathertonriddle2928 9 aylar önce
The Canadian Corp and France won WW1
@GoBlueGirl78 7 aylar önce
It’s a Canadian doc, so it’s going to say they’re the best. I’d say the former colonies of Aus, NZ & Canada (CANZAC? ANZCAC?) were the greatest fighting forces; we also had to prove to the UK & world that we could hold our own.
@tikiboy63 Aylar önce
And the Kiwis
@graham2631 10 aylar önce
The great war for me is the end of an innocence and the beginning of a machine age.
@alanboots1106 10 aylar önce
It certainly was the end of innocence
@garypashley6217 2 aylar önce
This makes me proud to be Canadian and proud of my great grandfather who fought at Vimy Ridge
@mohammedsaysrashid3587 10 aylar önce
A wonderful historical coverage of treachery horrible circumstances & lives misery of warriors during WW1. Documentary showed positively effectiveness of British propagandists amongst Canadian citizens 🇨🇦 ( Are love warmth 😊 remaining for 3-4 years through litter exchanging ?! )Thanks for sharing
@RPMZ11 9 aylar önce
We were family...and ''Mum'' was calling.
@larskunoandersen5750 10 aylar önce
I love this video. Arthur Currie had a mantra: neglect nothing
@FairwayJack 10 aylar önce
well done ..very informative and respectful
@tylercooper1551 5 aylar önce
It makes me sad, but somewhat proud, that the only remaining memorial to the men that fought in the Great War is in kansas city. I'm proud that my city makes it possible to remember those fellas, but sad that we're the only one to feel ghe need to do so here in the states
@neilpiper9889 2 aylar önce
My grandfather's brother who lived on Vancouver Island joined up. I have a picture of him in his uniform. He looks very sad. He did survive however.
@victoriaalvarez1557 9 aylar önce
For those saying ‘Not the best’ you should read about the last 100 days of WWI. The Canadians pushed the western front back to Germany
@RPMZ11 9 aylar önce
With the Aussie Corps beside them on the left.
@victoriaalvarez1557 9 aylar önce
@@RPMZ11 Yes ! 🇦🇺
@edwardjoy3820 5 aylar önce
Belleau wood
@johnsimpson3240 2 aylar önce
They need to do a show on troops brought to france from africa and india. The Japanese even contributed to the war effort. They also deserve a mention.
@gerreramboer7022 7 aylar önce
I lived in langemark and know some fields there,2minutes searching and find schrapnel balls and bullets and all sorts of pieces of bombs
@alanthomson7222 Aylar önce
I am proud of going to see the war graves of all the young soldiers on both sides. Sent by old men killed by young boys. RESPECT 🙏
@resevoirdog Aylar önce
My grandpa who shares my name fought in this battle.
@FlgOff044038 10 aylar önce
Aussies Valolrise the Canadians who were fighting mates. The Canadians gave the Germans a taste of Currey.
@seanlanglois8620 2 aylar önce
Watch alot of battlefield history.this battle is shocking how fast it all goes down
@drmarkintexas-400 10 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing 🤗🙏🇺🇲🎖️🎖️
@paulcock8929 4 aylar önce
"The war to stop all wars" was followed up by an even bigger war. Belgium, the land that they wanted to save is not a country, it is a prison for two different peoples who would be better of separated. Why did those guys die? Because Brittain wanted to stay the dominant country in Europe?
@forsakingfear3652 4 aylar önce
No, because Great Britain and Northern Ireland had signed a treaty with Belgium to protect her. Great Britain and Northern Ireland were never the dominant powers in Europe, we only ruled the oceans.
@paulcock8929 4 aylar önce
Belgium is a creation of Brittain, it is a construction, the Flemish (I am Flemish) would have been better of if we were united with Holland. They did give us a king out of their stock of unemployed German nobility from their former colonies in Germany. Brittain always wanted to dominate Europe, and now, I am happy to say they dominate nothing but are dominated by the USA. Those poor Canadian soldiers died for nothing.
@seamasrigh2162 10 aylar önce
Do not forget. Please, never forget.
@interman7715 9 aylar önce
I think about their sacrifices and suffering every day.
@donofon1014 10 aylar önce
Sad confession from a Canadian teacher of History ... and participated for years in elevating a true thing. Canadians "over performed" in World War I bravery and ingenuity on land and in the skies. It did help create a new national sense of identity. That was for Grade 9. It was time for many of the same students in 20th Century World History to tell some truths. Both Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele were front line positions WITHDRAWN from to rationalize the trench lines. ALL FOR NAUGHT. Canadians and Americans are exceptional in finding an upside to being in the war. It was simply then and now the stupidest most self-destructive event in the new modern world. And it triggered a rerun. Pathos only. Glory is a recruiting tool. In tribute to this ... TRshow thinks Vimy is a spelling error for something else?
@nobody687 10 aylar önce
We are men of our generations. There's nothing to apologize for. We were shown movies glorifying war.
@aaronbinner3727 10 aylar önce
As someone in the US military I have always loved working with our brothers and sisters up north
@carsonhaught9934 Aylar önce
Oh my how love anything with the word "secrets" in the title!
@istoppedcaring6209 3 aylar önce
Ypres was never truly a secundary front, whilst most fronts fell silent on occasion, Ypres allone NEVER did, it remained an active front with raids and grand offenses from start to finish, every year more bombs are brought up from the soil by farmers. the land had been destroyed as badly as the infamous red zone in france, but Belgium could not afford to leave a large area of it's agricultural land as a forbidden zone, it never had the luxury of having ample arrable land in reserve.
@geoffthiessen646 10 aylar önce
Thanks for the great story
@Ep0nz 10 aylar önce
“Don’t worry son…if you’re gonna get it, you’ll ge”
@jasompinard4576 7 aylar önce
That's a vet whose seen it all.
@jeffmcdonald4225 7 aylar önce
I still do not understand how they got men to participate in this god awful strategy. It was the very definition of insanity.
@barrykevin7658 10 aylar önce
Exceptionaly Good , But seems to be a advert for everyone who died during the War.
@Navy96th 3 aylar önce
Norm is the absolute best.
@jonpate100 4 aylar önce
May The MOST HIGH GOD BLESS you Canada 🇨🇦 Some don't know or respect YOUR TRUE GRIT.
@alexhamilton4084 10 aylar önce
I have no ties to the First World War, no family killed there but documentaries like this bring me to tears. Such a useless waste of human life. For what?
@theothertoolbox 9 aylar önce
For global corporations and the wealthy tribal elites. Nothing changes.
@peteb7318 9 aylar önce
This is a great watch, however... Unpopular Opinion: your wrong in thinking that Canadians where the greatest force, because it was in fact the ANZAC Corps that was the greatest fighting force! 😝💀🇦🇺🇳🇿 They where also 100% volunteers!
@philatkinson-hw1qe 2 aylar önce
My great grand father James Atkinson born Belfast was a medic in Canadian 3rd and was mortally wounded thankfully left a pregnant wife back in Saskatoon otherwise our whole line would not exist , his brother John Atkinson died as well in the Irish fusiliers such a waste
@davepaterson935 4 aylar önce
The Canadians and the Australians were greatly feared by the German troops. The reason for that is that they were led by the only two Generals who knew what they were doing: General Currie (Canada) and General Monash (Australia). You hear little of them in popular British history.
@Bgo909 9 gün önce
I realize the world moves on and u can’t hold closely to history every day. But the thought of a Walmart or the equivalent being on top of land that men fought and died for is the ultimate disrespect in my opinion. I can understand people needs homes to live in, but to desecrate it for a manufacturing plant to make screwdrivers or something just isn’t cool man. It just isn’t cool. Imo.
@solanaceae2069 10 aylar önce
I'm here 13-miles as the crow flies from Vimy Ridge.
@donofon1014 10 aylar önce
I have roamed the site .. and the lovely guides showed this history teacher behind the fenced areas. My rib cage paid a price from the bus load of tourists coming up from the tunnels.. thinking maybe I scored. One daughter of Canada's NATO rep, the other a daughter of Canada's ambassador to Belgium. Ohh to enjoy my 20's more than I dared.
@thepeskytraveller3870 8 aylar önce
Canada's leaders today are a far cry from these brave men. Such a shame really.
@phillipthewondernoodle5430 Aylar önce
"Visiting local...tourist attractions." Nah, they were put trying to tap a tree. You feel me? Trying to get that syrup drip going.
@brianmurray1395 5 aylar önce
As soon as Trudeau is gone we CAN REBUILD our GREAT NATION and remember these men with ever so much pride again!!
@LathropLdST 3 aylar önce
It never ceases to amaze me how people from THE COUNTRIES INVOLVED know SO LITTLE about Ypres, Mons, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele. All their sacrifice, forgotten. This is the war I have studied the most, and I am from a country that only saw sea warfare. I cannot fathom being Canuck, Kiwi, Aussie and not knowing about the Belgian front (As for Murricans, they have no history, they can not know)
@gsftom 10 aylar önce
Canadians then and now.
@donofon1014 10 aylar önce
are.... were. You sentence lacks ... meaning.
@thatdude1435 8 aylar önce
@@donofon1014 its a well known meme
@donofon1014 8 aylar önce
@@thatdude1435 meaning what? It means nothing to this Canadian ... who has visited Canada's battle sites and graves. Please explain the Meme ... you seem to get it.
@finallyfriday. 10 aylar önce
Had the English fought those battles the loses would have been much higher... and the brits knew it which is why they threw in the Canadians, as usual.
@electrofan1796 10 aylar önce
Everywhere was a huge loss of life in the trenches. You are stating a basic fact and basing off assumptions. Canada, America, France, and other countries were gonna have huge losses regardless. Saying they were placed in that one area for the specified reason is blatant disrespect to the soldiers that ordered to become a statistic/cannon fodder and charge the enemy knowing they most likely won't come back. Essentially excluding the actions of others with that one dumb statement lmao.
@finallyfriday. 10 aylar önce
Crispin Peter-Mcgahan Except all and every statistic. All historical records, all field reports, all comparisons. The only thing that doesn't support that is your "feelings" and emotions.
@richardmcleish1820 10 aylar önce
@Tellemore 10 aylar önce
@@finallyfriday. Admirably patriotic but the Australian, New Zealand, French, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English and other regiments all have similars tales and laments. Bravery (and sadly some cowardice too) could be found among them all.
@jugbywellington1134 10 aylar önce
Crispin Peter-Mcgahan Exactly! Come on, Friday, tell us.
@AnthonyOMulligan-yv9cg 3 aylar önce
At Hill 70 today a small flock of 15-20 sheep graze and sleep. All for the sheep. For King and Sheep.
@Madis.T. 7 aylar önce
So glad i didin't born in that time..😅
@redceltnet 9 aylar önce
"...sheltered by the great mother country: England" - The "mother country" was Britain, not England. "Even England's declaration of war" - England didn't declare war. They couldn't declare war, as they weren't a sovereign country. Y'know... with a parliament, government, head of state or even a military. Britain. The word is "Britain", FFS. Released on a channel about historical events, too. Utterly shameful.
@forsakingfear3652 4 aylar önce
I agree totally with what you say except Ireland was at that time part of Great Britain and she also helped and had a say, but spot on everything else.
@redceltnet 4 aylar önce
@@forsakingfear3652 I didn't use the words "Great Britain". I used the word "Britain". They are not the same thing. Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (AKA The UK AKA Britain).
@forsakingfear3652 4 aylar önce
@redceltnet there is no such thing as "Britain",its full title is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland/Ireland at the time. Britain is just a shortened term for the 4 nations or The UK nowadays.
@redceltnet 4 aylar önce
@@forsakingfear3652 You said "there is no such thing as "Britain" - followed by ""Britain is..." You see why you contradicted yourself, right? What "Britain" means changes over time. It is a shorthand for the UK in the exact same way that "America" is shorthand for the USA. They aren't their technical or official name, but it is how they are referred to in common language. The Republic of Ireland was once a part of Britain (the UK), but never a part of Great Britain (whether when used to collectively refer to England, Scotland and Wales, or when referring to this nation when it held that name (1707-1801)). It's less complicated than it sounds, but a lot of people get confused.
@dimitruscherry 8 aylar önce
44:18 in the video ... Someone wrote "W.M Cockburn" on the historical wall in the building ... brah they were def just joking with that one , it may have been someone in 2023 to throw you off LMAO
@raymondchassell4204 10 aylar önce
Did you forget the millions of English Scottish Irish????
@andrewwebb-trezzi2422 10 aylar önce
….this is about Canadians.
@gholamhassani758 4 aylar önce
My solution at ending the war would have been to ask the head of state, King Edward, to contact his blood cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm, and negotiate cessations of hostilities...
@gholamhassani758 4 aylar önce
Yet the sheep believe in 'democracy'
@gholamhassani758 4 aylar önce
Do you REALLY believe the king was incapable, as his 'subjects' wanted war?!
@georgeedward602 4 aylar önce
They were negotiating the whole war. Germany wanted an Empire and the result was an end to all Empires.
@vanlendl1 4 aylar önce
@@georgeedward602 That war was about destroying Germany from the very beginning. As it was going possibly bad for the british, the british made a deal with the zionists (Balfour-Declaration) and offered them a national home in palestine.
@jonpate100 4 aylar önce
@seamusbyrne7820 Aylar önce
All that sacrifice, only to end up with Trudeau.
@nobeoddy1664 7 aylar önce
great adventure - LOL. what a pack of rubes.
@hardcore4090 10 aylar önce
phuu what should i say. its one dark side of history.
@theothertoolbox 9 aylar önce
It’s even sadder knowing that these men died for nothing.
@antdb3021 8 aylar önce
Just for an even more destructive war to be fought 30 years later over the same things.
@sharpright6887 8 aylar önce
@theothertoolbox. I think they would disagree as would Belgium. Don’t substitute nothing for futility.
@yeseniaisylf 8 aylar önce
At 1:34; I thought he said "Harry Larry." 😐😵‍💫😵
@bernie4268 2 aylar önce
…the greatest fighting force on the western front? ….really?…
@DelphyThe1 5 aylar önce
Mmmmm winning a medal? They earned them....
@marvwatkins7029 4 aylar önce
Hotels in and industrial estate? Wha...?
@mattjones5987 8 aylar önce
Why is a Canadian narrated with an Irish accent?
@jasompinard4576 7 aylar önce
A great deal of the Canadian army, indeed Canada, at the time were born outside Canada. The video even mentions several Scottish born Canadians.
@comesahorseman 8 aylar önce
A useless brother war. 👎
@stevenfitzsimmons3840 4 aylar önce
No glory in any of this madness. The cream of a generation just wasted.
@subnotic5508 3 aylar önce
And feminist of now days think they have it rough, what a joke.
@pgstdb 10 aylar önce
"Canadians the greatest fighting force on the western front"? Jingoism does not rewrite historical fact.
@aussiedrifter 10 aylar önce
You got that right Mate, what about us here in the Land Down Under? Aussies were in the bloody fight from day one but it's the same story with the Bloody Americans. If you watch any war related documentary from Sepo-Land they won everything & saved the world as well as God Almighty himself. Personally I don't like documentaries with this Norm Christie presenting it, it's just his style & way of presentation that rubs me the wrong way & I generally find something else to watch instead of listening to his patronizing Jingoism as you mentioned. These modern "Story Tellers" all forget that to win any war were there are multiple countries "Allies" that its a team effort.
@alanboots1106 10 aylar önce
Thanx to the Anzacs as well.
@RPMZ11 9 aylar önce
Believe me, there was no disrespect given...Christie is not saying Canadian troops were better than the ANZACs, he's just referring to the fact that the Canadian formations were numerically more robust. A great source: Check six with The Western Front Association's presentations. The Canadian Corps Divisions were purposely kept significantly larger...while the Aussie and the Imperials' Divisions were slimmed down by attrition and didn't have the follow-up Battalions to punch it deeper. Slain te'🍻
@hodathunkit8572 8 aylar önce
@@aussiedrifter I know exactly what you mean well said sir
@BenKlassen1 9 aylar önce
Pointless slaughter like today's Ukraine-Russian conflict.
@benderx8837 10 aylar önce
wouldnt say canadians the best.
@orwellboy1958 10 aylar önce
It's a ridiculous generalisation. It's a Canadian publication but that's not really an excuse.
@TKM1951 10 aylar önce
Canadians not the best ? Well there must be some reason they were the shock troops for the British
@rohypnotist6263 10 aylar önce
To us Belgians they were exactly that .The best .
@RPMZ11 9 aylar önce
@@rohypnotist6263 Free beer for you!!🍻
@runethieren8692 9 aylar önce
ypres is actually pronounced as "eepur" and not like "eep"... its hurting my ears
@michaelbasford5109 10 aylar önce
Bings boys
@danielcarmichael7911 8 aylar önce
@MarcTallecGallicus 3 aylar önce
Interesting only if you're Canadian. Very biased.
@rodblair3705 10 aylar önce
England wants to start WW3 by giving Ukraine Jets. I lost family fighting for the British.
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