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Passchendaele : a new history

By: Lloyd, Nick

0241970105 / 9780241970102
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United Kingdom
20 cm xviii, 410 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and
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Originally published: London: Viking.

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER'A timely re-appraisal . . . a masterpiece' General Lord Richard DannattThe Third Battle of Ypres was a 'lost victory' for the British Army in 1917.

Between July and November 1917, in a small corner of Belgium, more than 500,000 men were killed or maimed, gassed or drowned - and many of the bodies were never found.

The Ypres offensive represents the modern impression of the First World War: splintered trees, water-filled craters, muddy shell-holes. The climax was one of the worst battles of both world wars: Passchendaele.

The village fell eventually, only for the whole offensive to be called off.

But, as Nick Lloyd shows, notably through previously overlooked German archive material, it is striking how close the British came to forcing the German Army to make a major retreat in Belgium in October 1917.

Far from being a pointless and futile waste of men, the battle was a startling illustration of how effective British tactics and operations had become by 1917 and put the Allies nearer to a major turning point in the war than we have ever imagined. Published for the 100th anniversary of this major conflict, Passchendaele is the most compelling and comprehensive account ever written of the climax of trench warfare on the Western Front.


1DDB Belgium, 3JJF c 1914 to c 1918 (including WW1) , HBJD European history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBWN First World War, JWLF Battles & campaigns

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