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Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) [Paperback]

Tonie Holt , Valmai Holt
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14 Feb 1997 Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide
This is the most complete guide to the First World War Battlefield of Ypres that has ever been published. Tonie and Valmai Holt, have condensed the knowledge gained from almost a quarter of a century of researching, writing about, visiting and conducting groups around Ypres into this remarkable book. Here are concise descriptions of the military elements of the battles woven into a kaleidoscope of human, literary and travel information. There are recommended, timed itineraries, in each itinerary representing one day's travelling. Every stop on the routes has an accompanying description and often a tale of heroic or tragic action.Memorials large and small, private and official, sites of memorable conflict, the resting places of personalities of note - they are all here and joined together by a sympathetic and understanding commentary that gives the reader a sensitivity toward the events of 1914-1918 that can only be matched by visiting the battlefield itself. This is a guide book written by people who, because they have been directly involved in taking tours themselves, know the form and type of information that best serves the visitor to the battlefield. NEW, FULLY UPDATED EDITIONPACKAGED WITH A FREE, FULL COLOUR FOLD-OUT MAP WORTH '3.99

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; Pap/Map edition (14 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850525519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850525519
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tonie Holt is the 'Major' of Major and Mrs Holt who are well known as the authors of the leading guide books to the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.
Both he and Valmai(the 'Mrs') began writing at their schools. Their first published works were for local newspapers and then for commercial radio.
They founded the company Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Tours in the early 1970s at which time it was the first and only company running such tours for the general public eventually covering wars as far afield as Viet Nam, the Crimea, South Africa, El Alamein, the American Civil War and of course the battles of both the First and Second World Wars.
In the 1980s they were asked to take over running the Pilgrimage programme for the Royal British Legion which they completely upgraded and then handed back to the Legion when the British Government re-instated the financial support for relatives to visit the graves of loved ones.
Having sold the company in the 1990s Tonie and Valmai began writing the series of guide books which is now accepted as the leader amongst such publications. Unlike many authors they do not have a team of researchers but do all their own research by travelling all the routes they recommend, visiting all the memorials and cemeteries and taking all the photographs.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Bible for visiting Ypres and the Salient 10 Jan 2004
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This is without a doubt the best guidebook avaliable for visiting the sites of the Great War in Flanders.
Well written, easy to follow routes, every possible site of interest with excellent descriptions and anaecdotes. The enthusiasm of the authors for their subject is apparent on every page.
If you are planning a trip to Ypres or around, you are garanteed an excellent trip, using this superb book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible 20 Jan 2000
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This is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to tour the battlefields of Flanders. A useful, if brief, intoduction to the history of the battles, bags of practical suggestions, a useful but complicated pull-out map. Great colour photography, with some well-planned itineries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I visited Ypres in Sept 09 and bought the excellent book after for I had noted it there at 24!! (in Museum/Tourist Office) - and came back to Amazon UK. It is a very thorough reference book, organising the chaos of WW1 into manageable information and one's realisation of size and horror of that location. It is very readable, easy to use in actually walking around sites, and seems very expert.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go without it! 3 April 2002
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An absolute must for anyone visiting or wishing to learn more about the salient. The 'silent cities' seem completely out of place in such a tranquil environment. This book places all the events in context as well as providing 3 wonderfully thought out and worthwhile itineries. Wow!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your guide from now on! 8 Jan 2005
Entering the busy, teeming Ypres (Ieper, as we have it) through the Menin Gate (de Menenpoort), any visitor will involuntarily believe the cosy old city has retained its erstwhile elegance unimpaired.
By 1917 the Ypres as Edmund Blunden saw it, had been reduced to smithereens. What remained was an eerie, godforsaken 'catacombed sepulchre', a spectre of a place the rare remnants of which appeared to him 'so evidently, but impossibly' medieval.
If anything, the place conjures up all the obvious reminiscences of Flanders' glorious Middle Ages, and first-time visitors will stare their eyes out here as they do in, say, Bruges or Ghent or Lille.
But there's one large but. As much as the surrounding region the present-day Ypres is a reconstruction. All through the Great War, Ypres was the bleeding heart of a Salient (a half-moon area protruding into enemy-occupied territory), and the 150,odd military cemeteries, most of them Commonwealth ones, serve to remind that only dying must have been easy here at the time.
Nearly a century has elapsed since those harrowing days and the tell-tale signs of the war slipping out of memory are stealing both upon the landscape and into people's minds. Is it any wonder that the earliest post-war guide books to the region spoke of pilgrims rather than visitors. And who are we, to blame the old 'War' museums, like the magnificent one inside the Cloth Hall, for having restyled themselves (quite logically) as Peace museums today?
The respectable Times once stated that 'The world has no other such battlefield'. Like us, try to remain aware of this as you tour the region. And like us, continue to approach our Salient with that amount of reticence and respect which we owe to the hundreds of thousands, whatever their origin, who perished here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 19 Oct 2009
Many people enjoy tramping over the battlefields of the Somme etc. with little idea of where and when they want to go to specific places. This book (along with other titles from Major and Mrs Holt) provides a very useful guide to the area, suggested routes and places to see and above all a wealth of information re the background to the conflict and some of the personal stories behind the events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting just for the map 13 Nov 2013
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The map that comes with this book is worth the price alone, and is essential in planning routes to see the battlefields and memorials around Ypres. You can either choose your own itinerary, or choose one of the 3 itineraries set out in the book - and then follow them on the map which contains craters, bunkers, memorials, museums and cemeteries of the Great War.

Note that isn't a book to get just before any visit. You need to get it well in advance in order to absorb the amount of information it offers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holts Ypres Guide 22 May 2010
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A must have if you are visiting the area. The map is essential. Been 3 times to the area, 1st without the book and missed a lot. 2nd & 3rd with a friend's copy so now have bought my own! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
I bought this book on return a short trip to the Ypres battlefield. It rained all the time we were there in February so it was possible to get some sort of feel of what that... Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Book
This is an excellent publication if you are intending to visit the Ypres Salient.

Tip - Read it before you go and get planning in advance of the trip! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tinymitzil
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide
The map that comes with the book is the best I have seen. The tours are very well laid out and are full of useful annecdote
Published 7 days ago by keenreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
Again I would have rated this higher but for the very small print. Battlefield map is not easily to follow but welcome addition.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great detail and excellent resource to prepare for a visit. Well written with great maps. Well worth the money paid.
Published 25 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars THE guide to the Ieper salient.
IF you are visiting the Ieper salient for the first time this is the only guide you need. Absolutely excellent on every monument and graveyard with good maps and driving... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Inishowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Informative. Book is in very good condition. An essential guide to the Salient, with useful route planner and potted histories
Published 1 month ago by Mr C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to breeze through
Not easy reading for one who is looking to revise a visit to the varrious battle fields, or try to work out an intinery.
Published 3 months ago by Graham E Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
Brilliant book, just what I needed to plan a trip there for me and some friends this coming year. Very happy
Published 3 months ago by wayne edney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is filled with tours and guides to the Ypres (Ieper) salient, the British held on to this for 4 years.
Published 5 months ago by Donald C. Seaman
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