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Battle Lines: Ypres: Nieuwpoort to Ploegsteert

Battle Lines: Ypres: Nieuwpoort to Ploegsteert [Kindle Edition]

Jon Cooksey , Jerry Murland
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Battle Lines Ypres, the first volume in Pen & Sword’s new series of walking, cycling and driving guides to the Western Front, is the essential companion for every visitor to the Ypres Salient and the battlefields of Belgium. Many of the most famous - and most memorable - Great War sites are featured here. Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take visitors over a series of routes that can be walked, biked, or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred in each place in vivid detail. They describe what happened, where it happened, and why, and who was involved, and point out the sights that remain there for the visitor to see. Their accounts give a fascinating insight into the landscape of the front line and the acts of war that took place there a century ago.

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Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of Stand To!, the journal of the Western Front Association, and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. As an experienced battlefield guide, he regularly leads tours to the battlefields of both world wars as well as the Falkland Islands. Jerry Murland is a well-known battlefield guide and author of histories of the Great War

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4995 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5V8DC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New look at the Ypres battlefields 11 Mar 2013
By Chris Baker VINE VOICE
This is the first of what publisher Pen & Sword bills as a series known as "Battle Lines: the Western Front by car, by bike and on foot". As the title suggests, this one covers the battle area of Flanders all the way from Nieuwpoort on the coast down to Ploegsteert on the French border, and does so by describing 25 tours, varying from 2 to 30 miles in length.

The would-be battlefield tourist is not short of choice when it comes to the Ypres area. The late Rose Coombs' "Before Endeavours Fade"; the Holt's excellent guides to the Western Front North and to Ypres itself; many titles in the Battleground Europe series (also a Pen & Sword product) and more. Does the world need another? Is there a new niche for "Battle Lines"?

Cooksey and Murland - both well known to P&S buyers, having each had several titles published - set out to provide the independent battlefield tourist with some practical advice and good tours that take in the main sights. Each tour is a circuit and the tourist, armed with the author's descriptions of the distances and a guide to how difficult the terrain is, can make their own judgements as to whether to do it on foot or on wheels. The tours are described in the narrative and by clear sketch maps, although for anyone unfamiliar with the area they would also be well advised to have a good road map with them.

The authors are to be congratulated for opening with three routes that cover the battlefields of the Yser, for the most part in the sector of the Belgian army through the war. This is an area not often visited by British and Commonwealth tourists, it seems, and well worth a day or two.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Usefull 30 Dec 2013
By bowser
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I bought this as I was going to Ypres for the armistice weekend, the book was useful on some of the detail, however needed to buy a map as well to navigate our way around the cemetery's, gives a good insight into a lot of points, however I was expecting more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will be taking this book with me on my next trip 1 April 2014
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A excellent well researched book going to areas normally missed out by the battlefield visitors will definitely pack and take with me on my next visit
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh view 7 Oct 2013
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A refreshing new guide which provides an interesting view to the Salient. I look forward to my next visit to put it into practice
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 1 Jun 2013
By biffo
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this is an excellent book with walking-cycling and driving routes some of which are new to me,it is very simmilar to walking the salient which is also an excellent book
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