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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (15 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848847939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848847934
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of Stand To!, the journal of the Western Front Association, and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. As an experienced battlefield guide, he regularly leads tours to the battlefields of both world wars as well as the Falkland Islands. Jerry Murland is a well-known battlefield guide and author of histories of the Great War


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I bought this book whilst preparing for a 4-day walking holiday in June 2014. I traveled by train to Ypres (staying in the Albion Hotel), and walked from the city out to a different part of the Ypres Salient each day - I didn't use a car or bicycle at all.

I already had a copy of Paul Reed's book "Walking the Salient", which is full of excellent walks (but with dire maps), and I found that many of the walks in Battle Lines Ypres, rather than repeating Reed's walks, nicely complimented them, offering different routes which could be added on. In several cases they were a distinct improvement on Reed's routes: for instance, at Hooge, Cooksey and Murland take you down a path southwards alongside (the east side of) Hooge Crater Cemetery, and across the fields towards Sanctuary Wood, taking you from the German lines, across No-mans-land to the British lines - a really superb route, and one which is not apparent as a walkable path unless you are told. Likewise, I used Reed's excellent walk north to Boesinghe, and then switched to Cooksey and Murland's Pilkem Ridge walk which explores the British assault of 31/7/17. In other words, this book nicely complements Reed's book and I found it very useful indeed.

Cooksey and Murland have the same kind of schematic maps as Reed, but they are much easier to follow than Reed's infuriating maps - nevertheless, anyone undertaking such a walking holiday of the Salient needs to equip themselves with the excellent Belgian 1-20,000 maps as well (no 28, 1-2 is Ieper, 28, 3-4 is Zonnebeke and Passchendaele) which are readily available to purchase on the internet.

The book is well-bound, and on good-quality paper - mine is still in excellent condition after some rough treatment.
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This is the first of what publisher Pen & Sword bills as a series known as "Battle Lines: the Western Front by car, by bike and on foot". As the title suggests, this one covers the battle area of Flanders all the way from Nieuwpoort on the coast down to Ploegsteert on the French border, and does so by describing 25 tours, varying from 2 to 30 miles in length.

The would-be battlefield tourist is not short of choice when it comes to the Ypres area. The late Rose Coombs' "Before Endeavours Fade"; the Holt's excellent guides to the Western Front North and to Ypres itself; many titles in the Battleground Europe series (also a Pen & Sword product) and more. Does the world need another? Is there a new niche for "Battle Lines"?

Cooksey and Murland - both well known to P&S buyers, having each had several titles published - set out to provide the independent battlefield tourist with some practical advice and good tours that take in the main sights. Each tour is a circuit and the tourist, armed with the author's descriptions of the distances and a guide to how difficult the terrain is, can make their own judgements as to whether to do it on foot or on wheels. The tours are described in the narrative and by clear sketch maps, although for anyone unfamiliar with the area they would also be well advised to have a good road map with them.

The authors are to be congratulated for opening with three routes that cover the battlefields of the Yser, for the most part in the sector of the Belgian army through the war. This is an area not often visited by British and Commonwealth tourists, it seems, and well worth a day or two.
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Some really good tours in here, we have much enjoyed using this book. There are a shortage of distances and directions in some of the walks and not all the grave references are accurate , but despite these faults a every useful guide.
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I bought this as I was going to Ypres for the armistice weekend, the book was useful on some of the detail, however needed to buy a map as well to navigate our way around the cemetery's, gives a good insight into a lot of points, however I was expecting more
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Very well written book - visited Ypres recenrtly and did some of the walks - easy to follow guide and very well documented
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Good value for money
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