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Neuve Chapelle-The first failed British offensive.
on 22 July 2001
Neuve Chapelle is one of the few Western Front battles where the compact geographical area in which it was fought can still be clearly and easily seen. This book shows with great clarity all of the places and features in the battlefield and you can follow the movements of the various units very easily. You can walk the battlefield in around 2-3 hours and with this book, some preparation reading and your 1915 imagination, you can fully understand the failures and frustrations of the amazing men who fought there. The layout of the roads is virtually as they were in 1915. Compare them with the ariel photographs. Stand at the site of the Layes Bridge or Nameless Cottage redoubts and understand why the advance stalled. Follow the trench lines and see why even a 3 ft rise in the ground could be so vital. A great book for anybody wanting to put Neuve Chapelle into context.