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 Chris Baker

Chris Baker is a former Chartered Engineer and manufacturing consultant, whose deep interest in the Great War led him to becoming a professional military historian. He is behind a research business, fourteeneighteen, and is the author of the well-known and invaluable website The Long, Long Trail.


Chris was the Chairman of the Western Front Association for a number of years and was the founder of the very successful internet Great War Forum. Chris’s book The Battle for Flanders: German defeat on the Lys, 1918 was published by Pen & Sword Military in 2011. In 2014 The truce: the day the war stopped was published by Amberley. He has also written two Battleground Europe books on the Battle of the Lys 1918 (2018).


Chris is an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, where he gained a Masters in British First World War History in 2007.


He has spent much time over the years in Flanders. His work for this book has been notably assisted by his knowledge of the Belgian military archives and by his ability to read both Dutch and French.