The second battle of Ypres was the first time people (German)used chlorine gas as a weapon. Germans had on gas masks(which they invented)when they used chlorine gas as a grenade. This weapon was illegal in war and if you were caught with it you would be killed. 6,000 people died of suffer-cation due to gas or from the ensuing attack. The interesting fact is that although the Germans were unfair the Canadians held their ground and never lost to Them.
Wet and muddied, English prisoners of war are assembled in a Belgian courtyard shortly after their arrival from the battlefields near Ypres, sometime around April 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres was fought in the Spring of 1915 and it was during this battle, the Germans used poisonous gas for the first time on the Western Front. Prior to this they had been gassing Russians on the Eastern Front with some success.
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem In Flanders Fields. McCrae died of pneumonia.
John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" in 1915 after the Second Battle of Ypres during World War 1. Students will learn about the poem and the author and then analyze the poem. This analysis ties in perfectly to a World War I lesson, a Remembrance Day lesson, or a Veterans Day lesson. This 10 page resource is great for your 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade classroom or homeschool students. Middle School & High School Approved! $