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4.0 out of 5 stars Facts, with a balanced view
Lots of facts, of course, but with enough background information (e.g. quotes from soldiers) to give grim flesh to the facts. Includes interesting photographs, and also some maps that were actually used in the campaign - unfortunately the maps are difficult to read even in zoom on an HD Kindle.

For me, the final chapter ('The Context' of the battles) is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the Passchendaele library
The Battle of Passchendaele is popularly associated with the misery endured by the British Army in the Great War.

This book offers a review of the Third Battle of Ypres that highlights the `bite and hold' policy that succeeded as its culmination, in securing the Passchendaele Ridge in November 1917.

By detailing specific battle actions on key dates...
Published on 15 May 2006 by Michael MCCARTHY


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts, with a balanced view, 9 Jan 2014
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Lots of facts, of course, but with enough background information (e.g. quotes from soldiers) to give grim flesh to the facts. Includes interesting photographs, and also some maps that were actually used in the campaign - unfortunately the maps are difficult to read even in zoom on an HD Kindle.

For me, the final chapter ('The Context' of the battles) is crucially important: this is a balanced summary covering the sometimes limited thinking behind the campaigns. Recommended. Good value at 99p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dispassionate View, 20 Mar 2014
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In as much as can be done a hundred years after the event when all the active participants are long gone and we have only official records, diaries and other such material to work with, this book does offer a dispassionate look at the events of mid to late 1917 in the Ypres Salient. It puts them into the context of a four year struggle for supremacy on the Western Front and does not try to offer too much in the way of judgement of events or decisions made by those in command at the time.
Many shelves have been filled with books on this subject which offer credence to the old saying that "hindsight is a wonderful gift" but this one allows the reader to make their own judgement and is not simply another "hatchet job" on the Army Commanders and tactics of the time. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mud Mud all the way to Passchendael, 1 April 2014
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Another compelling Battle for a few yards of muddy land to the cost of thousands of lives on both sides. Without those who were injured or shell shocked. It mentions that one of the Generals visited the battle field and wept, and said we sent our troops to fight in this. We should all weep too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passchendaele The Hollow Victory, 9 April 2014
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An extremely informative book. Well written in a style that was easy to follow. Very helpful to any student of the 1st World War.
A good selection of maps to assist
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the Passchendaele library, 15 May 2006
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Michael MCCARTHY "Editor: The Battle Guide" (Hampshire UK) - See all my reviews
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The Battle of Passchendaele is popularly associated with the misery endured by the British Army in the Great War.

This book offers a review of the Third Battle of Ypres that highlights the `bite and hold' policy that succeeded as its culmination, in securing the Passchendaele Ridge in November 1917.

By detailing specific battle actions on key dates it follows the tried and tested `day by day' method and so helps keep the narrative in context.

Some interesting original evidence is presented particularly with regard to the effective use of tanks in what were most unpromising conditions. From this, the use of tanks in conditions that were contradictory to the three criteria laid down by Colonel Ernest Swinton for the effective use of tanks (suitable ground, employment en masse and surprise) asks questions of the battle plan and its continued talent for optimism over experience: something at odds with the practical evolution and effectiveness of the British Army since 1915 under equally trying conditions.

It rightly emphasises the impact of rain on the execution of the attacks on the Ypres Ridges and the misfortune of rainstorms coinciding with renewed attacks with almost Faustian design. It also offers some thought provoking points regarding the extent to which the British Generals were forced to accept the conditions in order to maintain the wider strategic aim of the battle.

Valuable insight is given into the pressures faced by the Germans in attempting to repulse the attacks, and of the rotation of Divisions into the battle. That the normally self assured Ludendorff was compelled to change German defensive tactics to try (as it turned out unsuccessfully) to defeat the British attacks, gives some balance to the narrative, although more German primary sources would have been useful to the student seeking more detail. However this small criticism is applicable to many battle chronicles and does not detract from the narrative.

This is a readable book that will assist the general reader to understand the tactics, timescale and determination of the British command and soldiers, to achieve the capture of the Ypres Ridges.

Mike McCarthy

Editor "The Battle Guide"

Guild of Battlefield Guides
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4.0 out of 5 stars The various maps are far too small to be muh use could they not be capable of being enlarged on the screan?, 27 Mar 2014
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Topical and most interesting book but let down by the very small size of the maps.and some of the photographs.thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 July 2014
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Great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passchenaele, 19 Feb 2014
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An eye opening account. I have long held the opinion that the British high command were not what that should have been. But I now accept the argument that circumstances played a very large part in the happenings on the Western Front. Yes, many lives were squandered but I now believe our Generals were forced into what they had to do otherwise the German forces would have annexed the whole of Europe instead of the part they got. It was a scandalous waste of life not just for the Allies but for Germany as well, would that it were the "War to end all Wars"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book verydissapointed, 17 April 2014
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that it showed how far away from the front line that the brass hats had little though that our troops where fighting under .only the Australians and Canadians cared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passchendale, 5 Jan 2014
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What a tragic story, so many men lost their lives on this mad attack that went on for such a long period of time gaining little for the allies a total disregard by the Officers for the lives of their men just use them as cannon fodder, such a sad story
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