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Ypres 1914 - Langemarck (Battleground) [Paperback]

Jack Sheldon , Nigel Cave
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12 May 2014 Battleground
These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men - British, French, Indian and German - who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards. When, in October 1914, the newly created German Fourth Army attacked west to seize crossings over the Yser, prior to sweeping south in an attempt to surround the BEF, two things prevented it. To the north, it was the efforts of the Belgian army, reinforced by French troops, coupled with controlled flooding of the polders but, further south, the truly heroic defence of Langemarck, for three days by the BEF and then by the French army, was of decisive importance. The village stood as a bulwark against any further advance to the river or the town of Ypres. Here the German regiments bled to death in the face of resolute Allied defence and any remaining hope of forcing a decision in the west turned to dust.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (12 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781591997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781591994
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Cave is the long standing editor of the WW1 Battleground Europe series and the author of numerous Great War books currently in print with P&S. Nigel is arguably one of the most respected WWI historians alive today. As well as being a consultant on many P&S titles, he has also presented a series of DVDs with Ed Skelding on Walking the Western Front, also with P&S.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent battle account and guidebook 10 Aug 2014
By Chris Baker VINE VOICE
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What a pleasure it is to read a book by knowledgeable authors who are on top of their game. Many readers will be very familiar with the style, for "Ypres 1914: Langemarck" is from the “Battleground Europe” imprint, a series of part-history, part-tour guide works that has been building up over many years. The authors should be commended for taking an all-round view of the fighting they describe, for they lean heavily on German sources in addition to those of the British and Commonwealth forces.

Langemarck is a most important location in the Ypres salient, for it played a vital parts in the fighting of 1914 and 1917. Now a thriving and much larger village than it was before the war came to it in 1914, it is home to one of the most-visited spots on the area, the enormous German military cemetery. The coach- and car-loads that go there in the whistlestop tour of the Flanders battlefields miss much that is of interest around Langemarck. For anyone travelling to the area who wishes to see and understand more, “Ypres 1914: Langemarck” is your guide.

Nigel Cave had been the “Battleground Europe” series editor since its commencement and the author of some of its best works; Jack Sheldon is without doubt the best non-German historian of the German Army on the Western Front. In combination they make for a formidable pairing and this work is testament to their research, knowledge and authorship. The book covers the German advance into Flanders and the fighting when up against the British Expeditionary Force in the Ypres area, of course concentrating on the detail of the Langemarck actions.
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IN the Belgian village of Langemarck is a German First World War cemetery with statues representing parents mourning for their children.
The village became of symbolic importance after October 20, 1914, as the Germans gave their all to break through the Allied line.
Try as they might, staunch British, French and Belgian forces defended the village almost to the last to prevent a breakthrough.
The fighting around the small village near Ypres is the subject of the first of three Battleground Europe guides on the First Battle of Ypres by distinguished authors Jack Sheldon and Nigel Cave.
The battles represented 'the final, desperate, attempt' by the German Army to win the war in 1914.
Failure to do so would mean trench lines ran from the North Sea to the Swiss border.
But the German commander Erich von Falkenhayn needed to take 'a gamble of breathtaking proportions' to carry this out, the authors write.
They raised an entire army from third rate reservists and untrained volunteers to throw into battle.
The Allied defence was very much an international effort. There are stories of the well British units shooting down row after row of advancing Germans, but in reality the French and, to a lesser extent, the Belgians carried defended much larger sections of the front.
For three days the British and French defended Langemarck, while the Belgians fought tenaciously to the north of the village.
The line was stretched and buckled but never broke. As German regiments faded from the order of battle - bled white from the attacks - so too did hopes of a war-winning campaign in 1914.
The book also includes four tours of the battlefield which, though there has been some removal of hedgerows, remains largely as it was 100 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How sad 4 Aug 2014
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Jolly good how the book and series stick to the battle title, interesting how in many ways the German soldiers appear to be more saddened in their quotes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Aug 2014
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Excellent thank you .JW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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