Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle.Written by
Passchendaele (now called Passendale) is only 12 km away from Boezinge, where the Canadian war physician John McCrae wrote his famous poem "In Flanders Fields". Lt.Col. McCrae died of pneumonia in 1918 near Boulogne-sur-Mer, and lies buried in Wimereux. See more »
A couple of the soldiers cycle the bolts of their Lee-Enfield rifles in spite of not having fired. Cycling the bolt on a Lee-Enfield rifle ejects the spent cartridge from the previous shot; if the rifle had yet to be fired, it would eject an intact round rather than a shell casing and it would have been a wasted action. See more »
Paul Gross' Passchendaele provides a unique perspective of the Canadian effort during the First World War. Those who are expecting just battle scenes will likely be disappointed.
For those looking for character development, some romance, an interesting perspective on recruitment pressure, and yes -- AMAZING battle scenes -- then yes, this movie is for you.
As a Military History student, I had no issues with the historical accuracy of the movie. Paul Gross based the first 5 minutes on his grandfather's story, and the rest is historical fiction. In general, it is an excellent representation of the period, and certainly provides a much more realistic version of the soldiers' perspective on war in 1917 than many other war films out there.
I highly recommend this film.
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