Pen and Sword Books: Ypres -The Slaughter of the Innocents 1914-1915 DVD by Ed Skelding Productions

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Ypres -The Slaughter of the Innocents 1914-1915 DVD (4 reviews)
by Ed Skelding Productions
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Found in: Military DVDs
World War One DVDs
Running Time: 60 mins
ISBN: 5060247620046
Published: 12 March 2012
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Ypres – Slaughter OF THE INNOCENTS 1914-1915 is the first in a compelling new series to explore the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World War. For the first time, the whole story of the ‘strip of murdered nature’ will be told – almost 500 miles from the North Sea to Switzerland.

The aim of this series is to tell the story of the many battles that took place along the Front during more than four years of bitter fighting. This series will take the viewer to the places which have become synonymous with the war – Ypres, Arras, the Somme and Verdun. It will also visit many of the less well known battlefields, telling their story for the first time on film.
Produced and presented by acclaimed film maker Ed Skelding, he is joined by Nigel Cave, the series editor for the Battleground series, to explain the often complex nature of the fighting with extracts from his books.
This film deals with the first and second battles of Ypres, including the opening encounters at Messines Ridge, Gheluvelt and Langemark. It also tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce and the nearby locations where the artist Bruce Bairnsfather drew the cartoons that were to establish the character of Old Bill.

The second part of this film then switches to the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. This became notorious for the first real gas attack of the war and was to change the attitude of the British soldiers towards the Germans. Gone forever was any notion of chivalry. Nigel is interviewed at Vancouver Corner – where an impressive memorial to the Canadians, who died defending the line despite suffering many casualties from the gas, now stands. He also takes us to the nearby Totemuhle or ‘Death Windmill’ to explain where the gas attack came from and the resulting lost opportunity for the Germans.

The film concludes by paying a visit to Talbot House in Poperinge. Now a living history museum, curator Annelies Vermeulen explains the story behind this fascinating place, where thousands of British soldiers found respite during the war.
Product Reviews
very moving film...
fascinating viewing
Military in Scale by John Norris
The focus of the film is key locations associated with the first two battles of Ypres including Hooge Chateau, Langemark and Gheluvelt.
The tone throughout is relaxed and informal and devoid of excessively dramatic... [read full review]

SOFNAM Newsletter
If you are looking for a taster and can see yourself heading on the pilgrimage everyone should make, then this film along with other essential resources, could set you in the right direction.
War History Online
Most military enthusiasts will recognise the name of Ypres and the epic battles of WW1, and this new 70 minute long DVD from Pen and Sword looks at the actions in some detail, returning to... [read full review]
Military Machines international, June 2012
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About Ed Skelding Productions
Pen and Sword Digital has teamed up with Ed Skelding Productions to create a small selection of high quality films on the First World War. Presented by well-known historian and acclaimed filmmaker Ed Skelding and with key guests such as Nigel Cave, an experienced historian and series editor for the hugely popular Battleground series of books, these highly knowledgeable films put the viewers in the key locations of battles and make you feel part of the tragic events. Starting with two films on the history of Ypres, three further films will be released in 2012 and 2013 describing the main battles on the Somme.
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