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Magnificent But Not War (Paperback)

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > Chemical Attacks

By John Dixon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9781844158904
Published: 19th February 2009
Last Released: 11th February 2009



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The book is a detailed account of the fighting around Ypres during April and May 1915. It is essentially a day-by-day record of the Second Battle of Ypres which draws heavily upon personal accounts, regimental histories and war diaries to present a comprehensive study of the battle in which Germany became the first nation to use poisonous gas as a weapon. Each phase of the battle (the Battle of Gravenstafel; the Battle of St. Julien; the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and the Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge) is discussed in detail aided, where appropriate, by maps and photographs. The main text is accompanied by a number of appendices including officer casualties; Victoria Cross winners and the British Order of Battle for Hill 60 and the Second Battle of Ypres.

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Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

How good is it to find a book with a good index, excellent bibliography, order of battle and other useful supporting details? In this regard, 'Magnificent But Not War' is a model of its type.

The Long, Long Trail

This is the first book that I have read that reaches beyond the gas attack and embraces the other related actions to the East and South East of Ypres. I had an Uncle who died serving with the PPCLI in the battle between Bellewaarde Lake and Frezenberg and found this book most enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a more comprehensive view of the Second Battle of Ypres.

James Howard Blenkhorn
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