Mont Sorrel was an important feature on the south shoulder of the Ypres Salient, captured by German forces on 2 June 1916 from the 3rd Division of the Canadian Corps. Maj-Gen M.S. Mercer, commanding the division, was killed and Brig-Gen V.A.S. Williams, commanding the 8th Brigade, was taken prisoner, the highest-ranking Canadians to be killed and captured during the FIRST WORLD WAR
. An immediate counterattack that night failed but stemmed any further German advance. A more deliberate counterattack recaptured Mont Sorrel on June 12. Between June 2 and 14 the Canadians lost some 8000 men and the Germans nearly 6000.
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The Battle of Mount Sorrel
A brief description of the Battle of Mount Sorrel, accompanied by a map of troop positions during the conflict. From the Canadian War Museum.
Major-General Malcolm Smith Mercer
This article chronicles maneuvers of Canadian forces under the command of Major-General Malcolm Smith Mercer, the highest ranking Canadian officer killed in the First World War by friendly fire. Includes images of battlefields painted by Canadian artists. From the Canadian Military Journal.