The Battle of Mount Sorrel is the next World War One battle to be mentioned in Angel of Mercy.
Here’s what you need to know about the battle.
When: June 2-14, 1916
Where: In Ypres Salient
Who: The nations involved were
- Great Britain
What: The major events of the battle were
- The German assault caught the Allies off-guard and resulted in the deaths of most of a Canadian battalion. One regiment had an 89 percent casualty rate. Two generals also were killed.
- The Germans seized Mount Sorrel.
- The Canadians counter assaulted, but weather conditions made the assault unsuccessful. The Germans were close to capturing Ypres.
- The British provided one brigade for assistance.
- The Canadians launched a surprise attack and forced the Germans to their original position.
Why: The attack took place because
- The Allies were preparing for the Battle of the Somme. They wanted to keep the high ground in Allied hands because it overlooks the city of Ypres and an important road.
- Both the Canadians and Germans were simultaneously planning an attack to seize Hills 61 and 62.
- Canada sustained more than 8,000 casualties.
- Germany sustained around 5,700.
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