A Didactic Paragraph on the Poem, In Flanders Fields

Dr. John McCrea

Stamp Honoring Dr. John McCrea

“To understand John McCrae’s war experience and his poetry, one must imagine carnage on a scale that no one of the information age has seen. The Western Front in World War I, rivalled only by the Eastern War in World War II, was industrialized homicide on a scale that resists imagination. The Americans lost 2,400 people in Afghanistan in thirteen years. On July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the British Empire took 58,000 casualties, dead and wounded. Sixty miles of prostrate bodies, laid head to toe. In a day.” In Flanders Fields – 100 Years. All right reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in 2015 by Alfred A, Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada by Penguin Random House Canada Limited, Toronto, Page 113.

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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