Original WW1 Battle Footage Passchendaele 1917 Pont Des Arts

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Uploaded on May 09, 2009 by mower Powered by YouTube

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Pont des Arts are a Pop/Alternative duo from Toronto. We composed the song "Columns of Stone" for this video. Thanks for looking!

Lyrics:


I remember her there,
with the sun in her hair
A powder blue sky up above
Its the picture I carry right next to my heart
in my pocket a lock of her hair

In the end, each man rests alone
Row upon row upon row
Remember my comrades, my friends and the foe
All buried neath columns of stone

We raise up the flag as we shoot through the haze
Sing to bravery, glory and pain
But the banners are tattered
And glory a matter of living just one extra day

My dear theres nothing here
But blood and death and the fear
Remember my comrades, my friends and the foe
All buried neath columns of stone


When theres nothing to fight for
To lose or to die for
Perhaps, Ill make my way home
But the distance from here spans fields soaked with tears
I fear there may be no return

In the end, each man rests alone
Row upon row upon row
Remember my comrades, my friends and the foe
All buried neath columns of stone


I dream of her there, with the sun in her hair
A powder blue sky up above
But even my dreams, are shattered it seems
By the rolling thunder of guns


My dear theres nothing here
But blood and death and the fear
Remember my comrades, my friends and the foe
All buried neath columns of stone


The Battle of Passchendaele, or Third Battle of Ypres was one of the major battles of World War I. The battle consisted of a series of operations starting in June 1917 and petering out in November 1917 in which Entente troops under British command attacked the Imperial German Army. The battle was fought for control of the village of Passchendaele near the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium.
During the battle, British troops launched several massive attacks, heavily supported by artillery and aircraft. However, they never managed to make a breakthrough in well-entrenched German lines. The battle consisted of a series of 'Bite and Hold' attacks to capture critical terrain and wear down the German army, lasting until the Canadian Corps took Passchendaele on 6 November 1917, ending the battle.

Passchendaele could be regarded by some as a re-play of the Battle of the Somme a year earlier, that is as a giant offensive aimed at causing a breakthrough in trench warfare that gradually broke down and evolved into a bloody attrition battle that resulted in enormous casualties for minimal gains. The battle even occurred within an almost-identical time frame of the Somme Offensive, starting in July and ending in mid-November 1917, by which time the Allies had crawled forward eight kilometres and had taken over half a million casualties for strategically worthless terrain in the process. Though the German losses were smaller around 350,000 they were also irreplaceable, unlike those of the Allies.
After the war, Canada placed memorials at eight sites where the Canadian Corps had made significant contributions to the fighting in the Great War. The Canadian Battle of Passchendaele Memorial is located at the former site of the 'Crest Farm' on the southwest fringe of Passendale village. The memorial is on a street named Canadalaan, which leads from the village further southwest to the final resting place of many of the Canadians killed in the battle, Tyne Cot Cemetery.

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