Baptism Of Fire

3.83 avg rating
( 18 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780002007276: Baptism Of Fire

Nathan M. Greenfield’s talent for combining rich (and often overlooked) historical data with first-person accounts made his book The Battle of the St. Lawrence both a critical and popular success. Now he turns his formidable storytelling skill to one of the defining battles of the First World War and a seminal event in the building of our country.

The Second Battle of Ypres pitted the highly trained German soldiers—armed with the first weapon of mass destruction, chlorine gas—against the 1st Canadian Division, which had been in the trenches for just over a week. Yet it was the Canadians who ultimately triumphed, stopping the German advance that followed history’s first poison-gas attacks.

In Baptism of Fire, Greenfield revisits the battlefields and war rooms of history, deconstructing military motives and unearthing scores of unpublished interviews, giving voice to the men who faced what one officer called a “filthy, loathsome pestilence” that turned copper buttons green and seared the Canadians’ lungs. He describes how surprise turned to terror as the infantry saw the first clouds of chlorine gas rolling towards them; how, at first, the German soldiers had joked that their mysterious silver cylinders, spied across the enemy line, were a new kind of German beer keg. Recreating how the Canadians immediately filled the 12-kilometre- long hole in the Allied lines after the initial gas attack, Greenfield takes readers into the unimaginable horror of shell fire that turned men into “pink mist” and obliterated trenches, leaving the survivors to defend a position of death. And he explains how the untried Canadians, with their defective Ross rifles, breathing through urine-soaked handkerchiefs, successfully made one of the most important stands of the war—perhaps even staving off an ultimate German victory.

With alacrity and a great respect for the men in the trenches, Greenfield adds a new dimension to, and explodes a few myths behind, the Battle of Ypres. Within his pages are the words of the Canadian—and German—soldiers themselves, many of whom have never been heard before. Their accounts make this a gripping read for anyone seeking to understand our historical or military past.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

The Second Battle of Ypres pitted highly trained German soldiers—armed with the first weapon of mass destruction, chlorine gas—against the 1st Canadian Division, which had been in the trenches for just over a week. Yet it was the Canadians who triumphed, stopping the German advance. After that battle, which claimed John McCrae’s close friend, the doctor and poet penned “In Flanders Fields,” now read every Remembrance Day.

In Baptism of Fire, Nathan M. Greenfield revisits the battlefields and war rooms of history, deconstructing military motives and unearthing scores of unpublished interviews. He gives voice to the Germans who nervously joked that the mysterious silver cylinders, filled with poison gas, were a new kind of German beer keg; reveals how surprise turned to terror as the Canadian infantry saw the first clouds of chlorine gas rolling towards them; and relates, in the soldiers’ own words, the nightmare of the “filthy, loathsome pestilence” that turned copper buttons green and seared men’s lungs.

Recreating how the Canadians immediately filled the 12-kilometre-long hole in the Allied line after the initial gas attack, Greenfield takes readers into the unimaginable horror of shell fire that obliterated trenches and turned men into “pink mist,” leaving the survivors to defend a position of death. And he explains how the untried Canadians, with their defective Ross rifles, breathing through urine-soaked handkerchiefs, made one of the most important stands of the war—perhaps even staving off an ultimate German victory.

About the Author:

NATHAN M. GREENFIELD, PhD, is the Canadian correspondent for TES and is a contributor to Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic and TLS. He is the author of The Damned, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction; Baptism of Fire, which was a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction; the widely praised The Battle of the St. Lawrence and in October of this year publishes The Forgotten. Greenfield lives in Ottawa.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used First Edition Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2007. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP80124609

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 4.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2007. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67887630

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 4.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Nathan M. Greenfield
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
OwlsBooks
(Toledo, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2747554861

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 4.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0002007274I4N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 4.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Scouts
(Fort Gratiot, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 0002007274 Canadian first edition, first printing. Contains number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Virtually no wear to jacket. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. Pages lightly browning. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark.All of our books are marked down 40% until October 1, 2017 (Discount is already applied). Start loading up now!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1018663

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 10.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins, Toronto, ON (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
OLD AUTHORS BOOKSHOP
(Ogdensburg, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, Toronto, ON, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. xxii, 474pp; 9 maps,16p b/w photographs. Bookplate of a former owner on the (blank) second free front endpaper, otherwise an excellent copy. (Due to the size/weight of this book, an extra shipping charge will apply to destinations outside the U.S.A.) Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 173388

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 11.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Scouts
(Fort Gratiot, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 0002007274 Signed Canadian first edition, first printing. Signed on half title page by author. Contains number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Virtually no wear to jacket. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. All of our books are marked down 40% until October 1, 2017 (Discount is already applied). Start loading up now!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1014679

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 16.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Dispensary
(Vaughan, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2007. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. VERY GOOD hardcover in VERY GOOD dust jacket, no marks in text, clean exterior. Bookseller Inventory # 081915

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 14.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins, Toronto (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ainsworth Books ( IOBA)
(Chilliwack, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, Toronto, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition; First Printing. Only slight wear; Dust jacket in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. A bright, solid book ; B&W Illustrations; 9.30 X 6.20 X 1.70 inches; 474 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 16245

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 17.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Greenfield, Nathan M.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Scarborough, ON, Canada (2007)
ISBN 10: 0002007274 ISBN 13: 9780002007276
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Laurene Whittemore
(Tottenham, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Scarborough, ON, Canada, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Only a slight wrinkle in the dust jacket at the top edge keeps this books from being described as "as-new". *we ship promptly*. Bookseller Inventory # 001266

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
£ 12.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 10.65
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book