'...this is a well-researched and readable book that should become the standard scholarly account of First Ypres.'
'Ian F W Beckett's study offers a new examination of First Ypres based on a much broader range of sources, including British and French archival materials as well as memoirs, contemporary accounts and modern schloarship.'
Nikolas Gardner, University of Salford, The Journal of Military History
'...this title earns its place on the bookshelf of anyone with a considered interest in World War One.'
SOFNAM, February 2005
'A first rate work by one of the leading specialists on the First World War, this study draws appropriate attention to the role of the Belgian and French forces at First Ypres...'
Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, Historical Association Reviews July 2005
a very well respected historian of World War One
Beckett has an engaging writing style
this is an accessible account of a key battle"- Military Illustrated January 2007
From the Back Cover
First Ypres in 1914 was a devastating battle for the British and a turning point for all four of the major armies involved.
Ypres: The First Battle draws on a wide range of British, French, German and Belgian sources in order to reconstruct the battle from all sides. Many of these personal papers and public accounts have never before been published.
Through a shrewd analysis of the most recent secondary works as well as archival materials, Ian F. W. Beckett appraises the significance of First Ypres as a key moment in the Great War marking the transition from war as it had been to war as it would become.