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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible
This is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to tour the battlefields of Flanders. A useful, if brief, intoduction to the history of the battles, bags of practical suggestions, a useful but complicated pull-out map. Great colour photography, with some well-planned itineries.
Published on 20 Jan 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to breeze through
Not easy reading for one who is looking to revise a visit to the varrious battle fields, or try to work out an intinery.
Published 9 months ago by Graham E Ward


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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible, 20 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
This is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to tour the battlefields of Flanders. A useful, if brief, intoduction to the history of the battles, bags of practical suggestions, a useful but complicated pull-out map. Great colour photography, with some well-planned itineries.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Bible for visiting Ypres and the Salient, 10 Jan 2004
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This is without a doubt the best guidebook avaliable for visiting the sites of the Great War in Flanders.
Well written, easy to follow routes, every possible site of interest with excellent descriptions and anaecdotes. The enthusiasm of the authors for their subject is apparent on every page.
If you are planning a trip to Ypres or around, you are garanteed an excellent trip, using this superb book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate for the object - not silly soggy American 'Love it; -, 11 Dec 2009
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Mr. Peter John Smith (Bucks UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
I visited Ypres in Sept 09 and bought the excellent book after for I had noted it there at £24!! (in Museum/Tourist Office) - and came back to Amazon UK. It is a very thorough reference book, organising the chaos of WW1 into manageable information and one's realisation of size and horror of that location. It is very readable, easy to use in actually walking around sites, and seems very expert.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your guide from now on!, 8 Jan 2005
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Christian Spriet "Chacklee Chack" (Bruges, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
Entering the busy, teeming Ypres (Ieper, as we have it) through the Menin Gate (de Menenpoort), any visitor will involuntarily believe the cosy old city has retained its erstwhile elegance unimpaired.
By 1917 the Ypres as Edmund Blunden saw it, had been reduced to smithereens. What remained was an eerie, godforsaken 'catacombed sepulchre', a spectre of a place the rare remnants of which appeared to him 'so evidently, but impossibly' medieval.
If anything, the place conjures up all the obvious reminiscences of Flanders' glorious Middle Ages, and first-time visitors will stare their eyes out here as they do in, say, Bruges or Ghent or Lille.
But there's one large but. As much as the surrounding region the present-day Ypres is a reconstruction. All through the Great War, Ypres was the bleeding heart of a Salient (a half-moon area protruding into enemy-occupied territory), and the 150,odd military cemeteries, most of them Commonwealth ones, serve to remind that only dying must have been easy here at the time.
Nearly a century has elapsed since those harrowing days and the tell-tale signs of the war slipping out of memory are stealing both upon the landscape and into people's minds. Is it any wonder that the earliest post-war guide books to the region spoke of pilgrims rather than visitors. And who are we, to blame the old 'War' museums, like the magnificent one inside the Cloth Hall, for having restyled themselves (quite logically) as Peace museums today?
The respectable Times once stated that 'The world has no other such battlefield'. Like us, try to remain aware of this as you tour the region. And like us, continue to approach our Salient with that amount of reticence and respect which we owe to the hundreds of thousands, whatever their origin, who perished here.
As you attend the wistful sonnerie of the Last Post at 8 p.m., camera at the ready and the Holts' invaluable guidebook tucked away in the rucksack for the night, we dare you to remain unmoved. Whether at the In Flanders Fields Museum, the Passchendaele 1917 Memorial Museum, Talbot House (Poperinge), the small cemeteries - don't forget to include the German ones at Langemark or Vladslo - and the new venues in Peace Park Westhoek, listen how the 'millions of the mouthless dead' reclaim their right to speak and warn against the pointlessness of war anywhere at any time.
Then, and while we extend to you our proverbial Flemish hospitality, you will understand why we continue to take it so much to heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 19 Oct 2009
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S. Bowyer "Stebo" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Many people enjoy tramping over the battlefields of the Somme etc. with little idea of where and when they want to go to specific places. This book (along with other titles from Major and Mrs Holt) provides a very useful guide to the area, suggested routes and places to see and above all a wealth of information re the background to the conflict and some of the personal stories behind the events.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go without it!, 3 April 2002
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This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
An absolute must for anyone visiting or wishing to learn more about the salient. The 'silent cities' seem completely out of place in such a tranquil environment. This book places all the events in context as well as providing 3 wonderfully thought out and worthwhile itineries. Wow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Tour Guide's Guide"? - but still a good book to have with you if you are visiting the battlefields for the first time., 29 Sep 2014
This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
It has been written by an acknowledged "tour guide" expert - and sometimes it feels exactly like that - a "Tour Guides "Guide"", to be used if you have 4 days and a coach full of mixed tourists - some interested in the lives of the fallen, some humbled by the sheer magnitude of those who died & the lines of graves, some just there to please their husbands & wondering where the next cafe is.

For "detail on touring" it's excellent - it will tell you where many of the multitude of Graveyards are, and potted stories of various personalities whose lives were lost on the battlefields.

It will not tell you "exactly" where trench lines were, or which Regiment attacked from which point and in which direction & on what date, so it does not set out to be a Guide for you to be able to walk the battlefields, or necessarily where a particular Cemetery is if you are looking for a specific plot where a relative lies.

So, it's good at what it is, but you will still need more detailed histories of the regiments & battles & trench maps etc if you want to be part of the landscape - remembering that 100 years have past since then.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 25 Oct 2009
This review is from: Major and Mrs.Holt's Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide) (Paperback)
I can not disagree with the other reviewers. This is an important book for anyone interested in the battles of the Ypres salient and is consistent with the Authors' other excellent publications. For people preparing to visit the battlefields this book is an indispensable publication. I would encourage readers to read this in conjunction with the excellent trench maps: "Official History of the Great War- Military Operations 1914-1918 Maps" available from The Naval and Military Press in association with The Imperial War Museum in CD format. The detail in the trench maps will significantly increase ones understanding when following the guide. The relatively flat terrain of Ypres makes it difficult to fully appreciate the battle from a strategic standpoint when walking the ground.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting just for the map, 13 Nov 2013
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The map that comes with this book is worth the price alone, and is essential in planning routes to see the battlefields and memorials around Ypres. You can either choose your own itinerary, or choose one of the 3 itineraries set out in the book - and then follow them on the map which contains craters, bunkers, memorials, museums and cemeteries of the Great War.

Note that isn't a book to get just before any visit. You need to get it well in advance in order to absorb the amount of information it offers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holts Ypres Guide, 22 May 2010
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Michael Geen "mikey062" (Surrey UK) - See all my reviews
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A must have if you are visiting the area. The map is essential. Been 3 times to the area, 1st without the book and missed a lot. 2nd & 3rd with a friend's copy so now have bought my own! Highly recommended.
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