- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; First Edition edition (22 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0850529042
- ISBN-13: 978-0850529043
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Loos: Hill 70 (Battleground Europe) Paperback – 22 Jan 2002
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I have recently returned from five days of battlefield touring with my brother, which included two days walking the Loos battlefield where our grandfather fought in 1915. Andrew Rawson's two books in the Battlefield Europe series (this for the southern half of the battlefield, and the other, Loos-Hohenzollern, which covers the northern half) were indispensable to us in understanding this complex battle. Rawson divides the battlefield up into sectors, each a minor battle in itself, gives a detailed description of what happened and supplies detailed walks that enable the reader to understand each phase of the battle. In particular he suggests good places to park (very useful since these are not always that obvious on some very fast roads), and paths that give the best views and access to various features, without trampling on farmers crops or causing a nuisance to others.
A section at the end on the local war cemeteries is particularly useful allowing one to find which cemetery relates to the dead of which phase of the battle, and where to find famous graves such as V.C. winners and Rudyard Kipling's son John Kipling (whose recent grave identification is now regarded as rather doubtful).
For anyone touring this battlefield, or with a serious interest in the Battle of Loos, this book and its companion are indispensable.
A modern tourist,standing on the roof of the "Dud Corner" cemetary, with this volume and a pair of binoculars would have very little left to his imagination.(Only the massive Tower Bridge is missing!)I mention this because at ground level,both Hill 70 and the Hohenzollern Redoubt are virtually invisible.As someone who has walked and cycled over this whole area this guide gets my strong recomendation.