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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best book on the Battle of Messines Ridge, 10 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge, June 1917 (Paperback)
Having read the original version of this book I decided to update myself with the revised version. Fortunately, Passingham has not simply rehashed the old, but added depth to his initial publication. This is the most readable version of the battle, easier to follow than Turner's book on the same subject and more in depth. However, the depth of research (especially photographs) does not detract from the understanding of how the battle progressed. Passingham has also approached the subject matter with a focus on the meticulous build up - tunneling,supplies, use of terrain models, training, that ensured General Plumer (probably the best British General on the Western Front) was achieved the first notable success in this theatre of war, where attacking casualties were far lower than those of the defending Germans. Messines Ridge is a battle often overlooked in favour of the battle to follow shortly afterwards - Passchendaele. This book will enable the reader to understand how and why this battle was successfully fought - a blue print for ultimate victory and described as "A black day for the German Army"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable account, 21 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge, June 1917 (Paperback)
Being comparatively new to the field of WWI study, I had little idea of what to expect from this book, save that it came well-recommended.
It did not disappoint at all. It is a remarkably readable account of the many months that led up to, and the few hours that actually became the Battle of Messines.
Not only is the narrative well-told and very engaging, but there is a large amount of detail and statistical evidence to support the story.
If are going to visit the battle sites, this book will prepare you more than adequately to find and understand the geography of the area and then to understand how the battle was planned and executed.
A most excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 1 April 2014
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Only just finished reading this book well recommended to get a insight into the Messines action and the success of the allied troops
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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An excellent history of this major battle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sample none, 13 Sept. 2012
Book was recommended by battlefield guide.Since I was still on holiday I would get a sample.So imagine my disappointment when opening sample to find page upon page of lists-maps, contents, photographs etc. Not one word of the book. So the sample does not sell the book.
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