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Passchendaele: The Hollow Victory (Campaign Chronicles)

Passchendaele: The Hollow Victory (Campaign Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Evans
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Passchendaele is one of the most evocative names associated with the Great War. For over 80 years, the battle has epitomized pointless slaughter on an unimaginable scale. The bare statistics are shocking in themselves - the British, French and German armies suffered over half a million casualties between July and November 1917. Ever since, the image of hapless soldiers struggling through the mud and the shellfire has come to represent the futility of trench warfare and the incompetence of their commanders. Yet, as Martin Marix Evans demonstrates in this gripping and perceptive reassessment, some common assumptions about the course of the battle - and the ways in which it was fought - are mistaken and should be looked at again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4124 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Military (16 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5TY1U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Facts, with a balanced view 9 Jan 2014
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Lots of facts, of course, but with enough background information (e.g. quotes from soldiers) to give grim flesh to the facts. Includes interesting photographs, and also some maps that were actually used in the campaign - unfortunately the maps are difficult to read even in zoom on an HD Kindle.

For me, the final chapter ('The Context' of the battles) is crucially important: this is a balanced summary covering the sometimes limited thinking behind the campaigns. Recommended. Good value at 99p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dispassionate View 20 Mar 2014
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In as much as can be done a hundred years after the event when all the active participants are long gone and we have only official records, diaries and other such material to work with, this book does offer a dispassionate look at the events of mid to late 1917 in the Ypres Salient. It puts them into the context of a four year struggle for supremacy on the Western Front and does not try to offer too much in the way of judgement of events or decisions made by those in command at the time.
Many shelves have been filled with books on this subject which offer credence to the old saying that "hindsight is a wonderful gift" but this one allows the reader to make their own judgement and is not simply another "hatchet job" on the Army Commanders and tactics of the time. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mud Mud all the way to Passchendael 1 April 2014
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Another compelling Battle for a few yards of muddy land to the cost of thousands of lives on both sides. Without those who were injured or shell shocked. It mentions that one of the Generals visited the battle field and wept, and said we sent our troops to fight in this. We should all weep too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passchendaele The Hollow Victory 9 April 2014
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An extremely informative book. Well written in a style that was easy to follow. Very helpful to any student of the 1st World War.
A good selection of maps to assist
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the Passchendaele library 15 May 2006
The Battle of Passchendaele is popularly associated with the misery endured by the British Army in the Great War.

This book offers a review of the Third Battle of Ypres that highlights the `bite and hold' policy that succeeded as its culmination, in securing the Passchendaele Ridge in November 1917.

By detailing specific battle actions on key dates it follows the tried and tested `day by day' method and so helps keep the narrative in context.

Some interesting original evidence is presented particularly with regard to the effective use of tanks in what were most unpromising conditions. From this, the use of tanks in conditions that were contradictory to the three criteria laid down by Colonel Ernest Swinton for the effective use of tanks (suitable ground, employment en masse and surprise) asks questions of the battle plan and its continued talent for optimism over experience: something at odds with the practical evolution and effectiveness of the British Army since 1915 under equally trying conditions.

It rightly emphasises the impact of rain on the execution of the attacks on the Ypres Ridges and the misfortune of rainstorms coinciding with renewed attacks with almost Faustian design. It also offers some thought provoking points regarding the extent to which the British Generals were forced to accept the conditions in order to maintain the wider strategic aim of the battle.

Valuable insight is given into the pressures faced by the Germans in attempting to repulse the attacks, and of the rotation of Divisions into the battle.
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