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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Mar. 2015
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A present for an Arab guy. He is fascinated by the European desire for what he considers 'suicide'.
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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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3.0 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, 16 April 2015
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Excellent addition to my WW1 library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Feb. 2015
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very good super!!! thank you
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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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3 of 6 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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