For those who have toured the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the Somme, and wants a different large-scale WW1 battle to visit and get their teeth into, the Battle of Loos is a good choice. Remarkably little has changed in the 98 years since what was at the time Britain's largest battle ever. It is still flat, dotted with nineteenth century slag heaps but mostly farmland.
I have just returned from five days of battlefield touring with my brother, which included two days walking the Loos battlefield where our grandfather fought in 1915. Andrew Rawson's two books in the Battlefield Europe series (this for the northern half of the battlefield, and the other, Hill 70, which covers the southern half) were indispensable to us in understanding this complex battle. Rawson divides the battlefield up into sectors, each a minor battle in itself, gives a detailed description of what happened and supplies detailed walks that enable the reader to understand each phase of the battle, and in particular suggests good places to park (very useful since these are not always that obvious on some very fast roads), and paths that give the best views and access to various features, without trampling on farmers crops or causing a nuisance to others.
A section at the end on the local war cemeteries is particularly useful allowing one to find which cemetery relates to the dead of which phase of the battle, and where to find famous graves such as V.C. winners etc..
For anyone touring this battlefield, or with a serious interest in the Battle of Loos, this book and its companion are indispensable.