“It was simply Hell!”: The Battle of Mount Sorrel, June 1916

A photo of a destroyed dugout near or at Mount Sorrel in the Ypres Salient.

On June 2nd, 1916, the Battle of Mount Sorrel began. Overshadowed by the larger battles of 1916, Mount Sorrel was nevertheless an important action for the still young Canadian Corps.The opening day was the 3rd Division’s “baptism by fire” and the fighting, particularly the Canadian counterattack on June 13th, taught valuable, but costly, lessons.