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For King & Empire - Slaughter in the Mud: The Canadians at Passchendaele 1917
 Documentary Details
 Year  2001
 Producer  Breakthrough Films
 Rating
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In mid-summer 1917, the British Commander Sir Douglas Haig launches an offensive from the city of Ypres. Three months later, a quarter of a million of his soldiers have fallen, killed, wounded or drowned in mud. To turn his failed offensive into a – victory – Haig orders the Canadians to take the ridge and village of Passchendaele. In three weeks of vicious fighting in mud, sleet, and snow, the Canadians take Passchendaele, making it a "great victory." For each two metres gained, one man goes down.
 
Running time: 47 minutes
 
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