The Second Battle of Ypres was fought 100 years ago, April 22-25, 1915. It was the Canadian Army’s first battle in The Great War and, arguably, its greatest. The battle “created” the Canadian Army; it set the tenor, the style and the esprit de corps that would carry it through Passchendaele, the Somme and into the brilliant but bloody Hundred Days.
It was a defeat. A glorious defeat some might say; an execrable awakening to war would be another interpretation.