Passchendaele: The 10th Battalion, CEF

poppyWhen I saw No Country For Old Men recently, one of the coming attractions we saw was the trailer for Passchendaele, a Paul Gross film about the 10th Battalion, CEF in the First World War at the Battle of Passchendaele.

I thought the trailer was pretty good and I'm looking forward to seeing the film, the most expensive Canadian film project of all time, so I went searching for this trailer on YouTube and the other video sharing sites. I wanted to embed the video here and spread the love a little. After all, I've been looking for more films about Canadian success stories in WWI.

The only instance of this trailer I could find was the premiere as it aired on ET Canada. I figured I'd wait it out and post the Passchendaele trailer when a better version appeared on YouTube. I didn't want to share this trailer with an Entertainment Tonight intro, a tacky "Exclusive ET Canada" logo in the bottom left corner and a ridiculous curtain effect that fills the top and bottom of the screen.

I'm tired of waiting, so I'm just going to ask you to go here to watch the trailer on the official Passchendaele movie site. I'll still embed the ET Canada version, but you're not allowed to click play.

If this were an American film about an American sacrifice there would be trailers oozing out of every crevice of the web. I'm just sayin'...

The film comes out Remembrance Day 2008.

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james edgar

cool thanks I had not heard about this. I will be at the theatre for this one. my old Militia regiment (QYR) went to europe as the 2oth Battalian CEF. The history of WW1 was a big part of life in the regiment. And I've been interested in that history since i was a kid as well.

March 15, 2008 @ 1:11 PM


One of the best Iron Maiden songs if you ask me.

"In a foreign field he lay
Lonely soldier, unknown grave
On his dying words he prays
Tell the world of Passchendaele"

I tend to avoid war movies just because 99% of them are American-flag-waving pieces of junk, but this looks very interesting.

March 15, 2008 @ 6:49 PM


Daniel: What the hell are you talking about? Most of the American war movies I’ve seen (Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Hamburger Hill, Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan) are anything but flag waving.

They are all great films that present the horrors of war and the effects it has on the soldiers. If this Cdn film is half as good as the ones I noted above it might be worth seeing. I suspect it will be about half as good.

March 17, 2008 @ 9:44 AM

David Dossett

I was thrilled to be an extra in Passchendaele. I travelled from Kingston Ontario to Calgary and stayed there for five weeks to be in the movie as a background extra. For those who are wondering about how well it will be received, I would like to assure you that what I saw was thrilling. When special effects, musical score and all the other goodies are added I am sure that it will make all Canadians proud. If you are interested in seeing some pictures of the film shoot visit my website at And I know about CBC's The Great War/La Grande Guerre - I was one of the 150 descendants chosen out of 6,500 who applied. I was very fortunate.

July 18, 2008 @ 9:29 AM


As an American, I couldn't agree more on the self absorption we often demonstrate. I was really hoping to see this movie, but it's availability here in the US will probably only be thru us buying ebay copies of it from Canadians.

October 25, 2008 @ 9:42 PM

dave Vose

I saw the movie twice and just purchased the release in Feb/09
The movie was about the 10th battalion in which my father served during the entire war except from Aug/18 when he was shot through the leg. A battalion at full strength is 1,000. men The 10th went through nearly 6,000. in the four year war. Dad told me some of the horrors and in particular, Passchendaele. The action scenes were exactly as recorded.I am on my way to the western front with my two daughters in April/09. My third visit, and Passchendaele will certainly be on the list. When general Charteris first saw the battlefield of Passchendaele, He burst into tears saying, " We sent men to fight in that?" (The 3feet of mud) flanked by fortified machine gun fire with the enemy controlling from the hill. No wonder the Germans referred to the Canadians as shock troops.

February 14, 2009 @ 9:21 AM

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