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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle: La Bassee (Battleground) [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Bridger
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Neuve Chapelle a lost battlefield is now opened up for the explorer to learn more about the actions that took place there.
In Early 1915, the British decided to take the offensive for the first time in the war against German positions in Northern France. The initial objective was a bulge, about one mile across, in their lines at Neuve.
Events which took place here early in 1915 are described in detail and show why this almost forgotten battle set the course of the war.

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The first full account of the battle ever published.

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle [French Flanders] by Geoff Bridger is the first full and copiously illustrated account of that battle ever to be published. Researched from primary sources, it chronicles the fighting from various perspectives. The many maps and photographs illustrate the progress of the struggle throughout those fateful four days in March 1915. The reasons for the costly failure and the responsibility of the persons involved are recounted in depth. The book contains 144 pages with 15 maps and over 120 pictures, many of which have never been previously published.

By early 1915 a stalemate situation in the Great War existed on the Western Front with trench lines stretching from the North Sea to Switzerland. Mighty armies faced each other and jockeyed for positions of advantage. The British Expeditionary Force under Field Marshal Sir John French devised an innovative plan which if successful, would have considerably shortened the war.

General Haig was given the job of breaking through the German lines on a broad front at Neuve Chapelle and then seize the high ground protecting the vital pivotal town of Lille. Two powerful units from the British and Indian forces were assigned the task and assembled the greatest concentration of artillery thus far in the war. Speed and surprise were essential and initially the battle went almost to plan. Then things began to go wrong.

I commend this book, which took over one year to research, and which devotes itself to one of those much neglected areas of bitter fighting that lay between the popular and oft visited Ypres Salient and the Somme.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6782 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (12 Aug. 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Neuve Chapelle is one of the few Western Front battles where the compact geographical area in which it was fought can still be clearly and easily seen. This book shows with great clarity all of the places and features in the battlefield and you can follow the movements of the various units very easily. You can walk the battlefield in around 2-3 hours and with this book, some preparation reading and your 1915 imagination, you can fully understand the failures and frustrations of the amazing men who fought there. The layout of the roads is virtually as they were in 1915. Compare them with the ariel photographs. Stand at the site of the Layes Bridge or Nameless Cottage redoubts and understand why the advance stalled. Follow the trench lines and see why even a 3 ft rise in the ground could be so vital. A great book for anybody wanting to put Neuve Chapelle into context.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 7 Sept. 2013
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explains the battle, the build up and the serious mistakes made, only problem with reading on a Kindle is that the illustrations are too small, have particular interest as Grandad was there with the 2nd batt The Rifle Brigade, he survived this to go on to the the battle of Roug Bancs on the 9th May 1915 where he got part of his hand blown off after throwing back three German bombs, the fourth got him, he was awarded the DCM for this act of valour, there were so many brave acts in this war, most would have got VC's nowdays
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ 25 Sept. 2013
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I have found this book well written, with a lot of interesting maps and photographs.
MR Bridger has certainly done his research on this book.
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TODAY Neuve Chapelle is peaceful. Just a handful of hidden military cemeteries and a memorial at a nearby crossroads gives away the village's violent history.
But 100 years ago during the First World War the village was a stones throw inside the German front line, which bulged westwards towards British trenches just yards away.
On March 10, 1915, Neuve Chapelle would be the site of one of the largest military operations in British military history to date.
It is an offensive which historian Geoff Bridger has pieced together for an edition of the excellent Battleground Europe series from publishers Pen and Sword.
Using regimental histories, diaries and an impressive selection of rare photographs Bridger has provided the only single-volume account of this battle in English.
Before this account, the significance of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle has been overlooked, downplayed even, by some historians.
But at just over 100 pages Bridger's account is as succinct as it is informative.
An acute shortage of artillery ammunition meant the British used a short but intensive preliminary bombardment before the infantry attack.
The initial attack was, relatively speaking, successful - the German frontline had been pierced for the first time and the village fell into Allied hands.
But the fog of war soon paralysed the assault. Poor communication between the infantry and headquarters meant the window of opportunity to exploit the breakthrough closed almost as soon as it opened.
By the time the offensive was renewed the next day German reinforcements steadied the line. Fresh positions fortified with barbed wire were dug overnight as the attacking British and Indian units soon discovered to their cost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable battlefield guide. 11 Jun. 2014
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Again, I have no criticism of the text. My very slight but nevertheless significant, concern is the difficulty of following maps in this format,
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By Jim
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Useful and interesting book but a great pity that the maps could not be enlarged on my computer the lack of a facility for enlarging the detail detracts from the usefulness of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 29 Dec. 2013
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Buy this book on Kindle, at 99p you would be silly not to as it is an excellent account of an early battle during the Great War. I know the area and it covers the main points and places very well indeed; and the involvement of those valiant, but forgotten by many, men from British India - modern Pakistan and India - who sacrificed so much to earn their 'salt' - pay as soldiers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive and well written 9 Mar. 2015
By Asa
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A super introduction and indepth description of this battle which was so costly to the BEF. My great uncle fought in this battle with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and lost his life 2 months later in the same area at Aubers Ridge. I learned so much from this book which has helped me plan a trip to the site in May this year 100 years to the day that my great uncle was killed.
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