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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWI
bought it as a gift for my father who is 93. He enjoyed it but had hoped for a few more life shots - both photo's and film. Since he has all the documentaries he could wish for on WWI and WWII already he still enjoyed seeing it.
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A modern day gab fest - no historical film content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWI, 29 Dec 2013
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bought it as a gift for my father who is 93. He enjoyed it but had hoped for a few more life shots - both photo's and film. Since he has all the documentaries he could wish for on WWI and WWII already he still enjoyed seeing it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An auspicious start to the journey, 12 April 2012
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G. N. Hobson - See all my reviews
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Readers with an interest in the Great War may have purchased some titles in the 'Battleground' imprint of Pen & Sword. To complement this series of books, the publishers have embarked on an intriguing new enterprise with historian and film maker Ed Skelding, who produced the excellent three part series 'Great Battles of the Great War' for Tyne Tees TV, to describe on film many of the battles that took place along the Western Front. The first two instalments (vol.2 is scheduled to appear at the end of June) deal with the Ypres sector.

For those who have visited Ypres, immediate pleasure will be had at seeing the Grote Markt and Menin Gate which preface the tour. Ed Skelding, who magnanimously adopts the role of ingenuous inquisitor of 'Battleground' series editor and 'guest historian' Nigel Cave, then takes the viewer to key points associated with the first and second battles of Ypres. Mr Cave, who I have never seen in a presentational role before, is clearly a natural before the camera and the two men have an easy rapport which will keep the viewer engaged. This is good honest documentary making; no voice-overs by Jeremy Irons or Judi Dench, no dramatic recreations of 2nd Ypres by half a dozen extras. Purely two presenters conveying their extensive knowledge of their subject in an accessible style to the viewer. The film will serve those well who wish they could spend more time in Flanders and encourage those who have not yet made the journey to do so.

Those considering making a purchase should note that the publishers have made some late amendments to both the volume title (now 'Ypres -The Slaughter of the Innocents 1914-1915') and the content, which differs from that which appears in the accompanying product description. The story of the RAMC and John McCrae and Essex Farm do not feature on this first DVD. In place, Ed Skelding visits Talbot House in Poperinge.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ypres, 17 Mar 2013
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Very interesting! This Man knows his history..if anyone is considering a Visit this is a very informative dvd to watch.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ypres what a good DVD, 26 Nov 2012
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Ypres the immortal salient part 1 is a very informative DVD and an excellent start for new and well healed battlefielders,it was nice to see the places I had been and to be told exactly what happened on these sites,and to put things in prospective areas.I would reccommend this DVD for anyone who's interested in the Western front etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 8 Nov 2014
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A modern day gab fest - no historical film content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Oct 2014
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Well done again amazon
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's tour of the Ypres area, 4 Aug 2012
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Chris Baker "The Long, Long Trail man" (Leamington Spa, UK) - See all my reviews
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Billed as the "first in a compelling new series to explore the battlefields of the Western Front", this DVD covers the key points of the fighting at and around Ypres in the early part of the war. Quite why is it titled "Walking the Western Front" I am not sure, for other than suggesting people do walk and take maps, it makes no reference to walking the battlefields. Similarly I am not sure why it is "1914-1915" as it covers the fighting of June 1916 and "slaughter of the innocents" is perhaps a questionable subtitle - I see that Amazon has it as "Ypres: the immortal salient Volume 1", which more closely reflects the content.

Producer and director Ed Skelding also stars in the DVD alongside noted historian and editor of the "Battleground Europe" series of guide books, Nigel Cave. By visits to Messines, Gheluvelt, Ploegsteert, Langemarck, Hooge, Hills 60 and 62 and Poperinge, the pair discuss the main battles of the period. The photography is appealing, with many minutes of the fields and woods of modern day Ypres, cut with contemporary images (few of which will be unfamiliar to anyone who has read on the subject) and reasonably clear maps. The story takes us through the clash that became the First Battle of Ypres (with a faint nod to the concurrent Battle of the Yser), the Christmas Truce, the Second Battle, the awful fighting at Hill 60 and Hooge in 1915 and the Canadian struggle at Mount Sorrel in June 1916. Nigel Cave's explanations are clear, although again anyone who has read about this period will find little that is new. An interview with the Chief Executive of Talbot House is included, giving some - if unusual - insight into life and activity behind the lines. The presentation is principally from an infantry perspective, with the artillery and other services rarely mentioned.*

Overall it is worth watching particularly if you are interested in Ypres or this early part of the war, or if you are new to the subject. I look forward to the next release in the series.

*Amazon's notes refer to the DVD containing footage about the Royal Army Medical Corps, taken at Essex Farm. It does not: perhaps it was a victim of late editing.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of the first two Battles of Ypres, 14 May 2012
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Ypres - The Slaughter of the Innocents is a truly exceptional start to the Walking the Western Front series of DVDs and one that left me hankering for more!

The DVD oozes professionalism and it is clear for all to see that Ed Skelding and Nigel Cave really know their onions. Nigel Cave is actually the series editor on the Battleground series of books from Pen and Sword and boy does that come across. The guy has an encyclopaedia of knowledge on tap but at no point is he over-bearing. Rather than boring the viewer, Nigel explains the various battles and sites in a relaxed way that is both genuinely interesting and historically accurate. The pair also throw in a few anecdotes that really did make me laugh out loud - this only serves to make this DVD even more enjoyable. Rather than presenting to us in a stilted and over the top fashion, the pair remember not to take things too seriously.

Rather than being a boring lecture-like jaunt of the key areas, Ed and Nigel offer a highly detailed but accessible overview of the key battles of the period. For a self-confessed novice in the field like me, there weren't any points in the DVD where I felt baffled or bored. On the contrary, the 70 minutes just flew by.

The general make-up of the DVD is a mixture of interviews with Nigel where he explains the ins and outs of the various battles, a number of on location moments where Ed and Nigel visit the battlefields as they are today and explain their significance in the Great War, and a number visits to cemeteries and war graves. Ed also goes on a few jaunts by himself - the most interesting of which is a tour of Talbot House at Poperinge where many Allied officers saught refuge during the War. There he interviews the curator of the museum who gives a fascinating insight into the history of the building. For people who either don't have the time or finances to make a trip to the battlefields for real, this really is a perfect alternative at a fraction of the price.

For anyone with even a slight interest in the Great War and learning more about the sacrifices our fathers and grandfathers made during the period, I implore you to give this DVD a shot. You won't regret it.
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