Battle Of Ypres– Paved Canadian Indepence

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Throughout World War I, Canadians had fulfilled each and every task given to them with courage, dedication, and bravery. There were many important moments during this time which began shaping Canada’s identity. However, the Battle of Ypres played a powerful and significant role in establishing who we were as Canadians. The Battle of Ypres was a defense against the German army invading the last piece of Belgium soil which began in April 1915. When the Germans had used a new technology called chlorine gas, the French soldiers fighting alongside Canadians ran away. Despite being surrounded on three sides, gassed, and outnumbered, Canadians successfully defended the territory until ...view middle of the document...

The rest of the poem can be found on the $10 Canadian bill! During Ypres, Canadian soldiers were also regarded as savvy and intelligent fighters. Soldiers urinated on a cloth and held it to their mouths as the ammonia from the urine blocked the chemical used in chlorine gas. This proved quite effective as mentioned by a solider of the battle introduced in the book No Place to Run. “Those who stuffed urine-soaked cloths in their mouths generally survived without permanent lung damage, but those who were too embarrassed or too scared or were unable to urinate for other reasons, or who have into the temptation to rip the foul rags from their mouths, were rendered unconscious, maimed, or killed.” (Cook 25). This effort showed Canadians thinking out-of-the-box to outsmart the enemy tactical maneuver. This tactic that Canadians used impressed Britain and other countries because Canada showed even when the enemy played foully (using chemical warfare), Canadian forces still fought fair, smart, and effectively. In the Veterans Affairs section on the Government of Canada website, it mentions the soldiers that fought in Ypres. “In their first major appearance on a European battlefield, the Canadians established a reputation...

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