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YPRES: The Immortal Salient, Part 1 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Ed Skelding, Nigel Cave
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pen & Sword Digital
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ORVDFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,005 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This film is presented by historian and film-maker Ed Skelding who takes us on a chronological journey through the first two years of fighting in the salient. He is joined by renowned military historian and author Nigel Cave who will join Ed at some key locations where decisive actions took place. Nigel is well known for his contributions to the Battleground Europe series of guide books published by Pen & Sword. This film will feature locations associated with the first two battles of Ypres, including Hooge Chateau, Langemark and Gheluvelt where the first encounters between the opposing armies took place. The story of the 1914 Christmas truce will be explained by Nigel and the nearby locations where the artist Bruce Bairnsfather drew the cartoons that were to establish the character of Old Bill. Nigel is also interviewed at the notorious location of Hill 60, where he reads from his Battleground Europe book, and explains why this was such a dreaded place, even for the Salient. The second part of this film then switches to the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. This became notorious for the first real gas attack of the war and was to change the attitude of the British soldiers towards the Germans. Gone forever was any notion of chivalry. Nigel is interviewed at Vancouver Corner - where an impressive memorial to the Canadians who died defending the line despite suffering many casualties from the gas now stands. He also takes us to the nearby Totemuhle or Death Windmill to explain where the gas attack came from and the resulting lost opportunity for the Germans. This film will also tell the story of the Royal Army Medical Corps and the doctors who did so much often in the most desperate circumstances. Nigel is interviewed at Essex Farm, forever to be associated and immortalized by the poem of the Canadian Colonel John McCrae In Flanders Fields.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny De Schutter on 29 Dec 2013
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bought it as a gift for my father who is 93. He enjoyed it but had hoped for a few more life shots - both photo's and film. Since he has all the documentaries he could wish for on WWI and WWII already he still enjoyed seeing it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. N. Hobson on 12 April 2012
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Readers with an interest in the Great War may have purchased some titles in the 'Battleground' imprint of Pen & Sword. To complement this series of books, the publishers have embarked on an intriguing new enterprise with historian and film maker Ed Skelding, who produced the excellent three part series 'Great Battles of the Great War' for Tyne Tees TV, to describe on film many of the battles that took place along the Western Front. The first two instalments (vol.2 is scheduled to appear at the end of June) deal with the Ypres sector.

For those who have visited Ypres, immediate pleasure will be had at seeing the Grote Markt and Menin Gate which preface the tour. Ed Skelding, who magnanimously adopts the role of ingenuous inquisitor of 'Battleground' series editor and 'guest historian' Nigel Cave, then takes the viewer to key points associated with the first and second battles of Ypres. Mr Cave, who I have never seen in a presentational role before, is clearly a natural before the camera and the two men have an easy rapport which will keep the viewer engaged. This is good honest documentary making; no voice-overs by Jeremy Irons or Judi Dench, no dramatic recreations of 2nd Ypres by half a dozen extras. Purely two presenters conveying their extensive knowledge of their subject in an accessible style to the viewer. The film will serve those well who wish they could spend more time in Flanders and encourage those who have not yet made the journey to do so.

Those considering making a purchase should note that the publishers have made some late amendments to both the volume title (now 'Ypres -The Slaughter of the Innocents 1914-1915') and the content, which differs from that which appears in the accompanying product description. The story of the RAMC and John McCrae and Essex Farm do not feature on this first DVD. In place, Ed Skelding visits Talbot House in Poperinge.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on 17 Mar 2013
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Very interesting! This Man knows his history..if anyone is considering a Visit this is a very informative dvd to watch.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grahamthe anchorman on 26 Nov 2012
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Ypres the immortal salient part 1 is a very informative DVD and an excellent start for new and well healed battlefielders,it was nice to see the places I had been and to be told exactly what happened on these sites,and to put things in prospective areas.I would reccommend this DVD for anyone who's interested in the Western front etc.
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