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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the reader at home as well as in the field, 16 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Passchendaele: Ypres (Battleground Europe) (Paperback)
FOR many, the word Passchendaele has come to symbolise the three-month-long offensive through fought through a quagmire of mud and blood in the Ypres salient in 1917.
But in newly revised battlefield guide Passchendaele: The Fight for the Village, author Nigel Cave says this is misleading, as the fighting around the Flemish village only occurred during the final weeks of the offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres.
The guide, first published in 1997, is part of the highly-respected Battleground Europe series from publishers Pen and Sword.
This edition focuses entirely on Canadian and New Zealand operations during the later stages of the offensive in October and November 1917, as well as accounts from German war diaries which are a feature of the revised 2013 edition. The efforts of British troops will be included in a forthcoming edition.
The book breaks down the final attacks on the village of Passchendaele which lay atop a ridge of the same name, which gave the Germans unobstructed views all the way back to Ypres.
What I like about the Battleground Europe series is that they are so rich in detail, maps, photographs and personal accounts that they bring the events described alive even to the reader sat at home rather than out in the field.
Author Nigel Cave has really brought home how the Allies struggled to conduct this part of the campaign thanks heavy rainfall and the destruction of the delicate Flanders irrigation system from months of shelling.
You really feel the distress of the men in the Canadian Corps who, late in October, took over almost 300 mud locked and sorry looking guns in exchange for their pristine pieces.
I also really enjoyed the section dedicated the German experience at Passchendaele which have been painstakingly translated from German unit diaries.
It is sometimes forgotten that it was not only the Allies which endured the dismal conditions of this campaign. But this chapter, though small, will hopefully redress that.
While this is a battlefield guide - there are four walks plus car tours included - it brings the events alive and, at 140 pages, easy to digest for readers at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passechendale - Ypres, 18 Oct. 2012
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An excellent well researched book that is easy to understand and follow, both for the experienced buff and the new comer. An excellent addition to any bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 July 2014
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very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Jan. 2015
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