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Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide to Ypres Salient & Passchendaele – Fully Updated for 2017 (Paperback)

Eighth, Expanded, 100th Anniversary Edition

Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > Holts' Battlefield Guides Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > WWI Battlefield Guides WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Passchendaele WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres WWI > By Year > 1914 WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > By Year > 1916 WWI > By Year > 1917 WWI > By Year > 1918

By Tonie Holt, Valmai Holt
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780850525519
Published: 5th September 2017



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This is the most complete guide to the First World War Battlefield of Ypres that has ever been published. Renowned authors Tonie and Valmai Holt have condensed the knowledge gained from almost a quarter of a century of researching, writing about, visiting and conducting groups around Ypres into this remarkable book. Here are concise descriptions of the military elements of the battles woven into a kaleidoscope of human, literary and travel information.

There are recommended, timed itineraries, with each itinerary representing one day's travelling. Every stop on the routes has an accompanying description and often a tale of heroic or tragic action.

Memorials large and small, private and official, sites of memorable conflict, the resting places of personalities of note – they are all here and joined together by a sympathetic and understanding commentary that gives the reader a sensitivity toward the events of 1914-1918 that can only be matched by visiting the battlefield itself.

Holt's Guides deservedly have a legendary reputation. Their guide to the Ypres Salient has been lovingly updated every two/three years and is now in its eighth edition.

Battlefields Trust

There are many modern guidebooks which enable visitors to travel around the Ypres Salient of WWI, but this one is the first and best and is to be considered the benchmark by which those others that have followed are judged. This latest edition, the eighth, is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary to commemorate the end of the war. It is right up to date with all the latest information on new memorials, additional facts and figures and new museum exhibitions. The accompanying map, also updated, could not be easier to find a location. A visitor could load up with a lot of unnecessary books, but there is no need when this is the essential guide, which really counts. In this one book there is so much information a visitor is guaranteed to see the best there is in the Ypres Salient.

Gun Mart, February 2018 - reviewed by John Norris

If imitation is an indication of quality, then we can be sure that the Holt's series of guide books are the bench mark for success. The Holt's format has been copied many times but never equalled. This latest Ypres Salient guide is described by it's authors as the definitive battle guide, it is a description that is difficult to challenge. Forty years of touring experience in the Salient have been distilled into a single volume, add maps, pictures, historical narrative and even GPS coordinates and you have an unrivalled resource for Battelfield Guides and tourists alike!

Guild of Battlefield Guides

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East Kent Mercury

The perfect introduction and accompaniment for anyone who wants to explore the Ypres Salient and by extension the great and terrible battlefields of Flanders.

Dover Mercury

Holt's Guides to the Western Front and other battlefields are well known and respected and this latest guide maintains the high standard which they have set and which has earned them their place as best sellers.

Pennant Autumn 2017

A brand new edition of the Holts's guide to Passchendaele and the Ypres Salient, the original and best introduction and guide to the battlefields of the Western Front. A truly inspirational and amazing book that has prompted so many people to ake the pilgrimage to see where their ancestors lived and died.

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Books Monthly

Overall, this book does what you'd expect these series to do. It provides an all encompassing guide to anyone visiting the battlefield, ensuring that you will not leave the area having missed things. When visiting the battlefields undertaking research, it is often difficult to decide what to include in the suitcase, and what to leave given that every book reproduced can potentially be of use. The beauty of this boo, is that is ensures that you have the Ypres area covered in one book. Which can mean you can slot in another book for a different area. The best tribute I can pay to this title is that I wish I had, had a copy the first time I visited Ypres!

Jon Sandison, Freelance

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Stand To! Western Front Assc No.109

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The Bookseller 24/2/17

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Wartime Memories Project

A excellent tome

Military Archive Research

It does exactly what it says on the tin ... and the cover ... and then some more. As guides go it's one of the best out there and you'll struggle to find better. As a user of this guide myself for many a year now I never tire of its no nonsense approach.

War History Online

An excellent Ypres guidebook and well worth packing on any visit to Flanders.

WWI Centenary

An indispensable tool.

Sunday Times

About Tonie Holt

Major and Mrs Holt founded the first organisation to offer battlefield tours to the general public in the late 1970s. Since the 1990s they have been writing their series of guide books, incorporating all that they have learned from their experiences conducting thousands of people around battlefields. This series, designed to serve as companions for travellers, whether sitting at home or physically visiting the battlefields, includes detailed travel directions, military history, fascinating anecdotes and tourist information. The Holts share the writing of their books equally and conduct all their own research, spending many weeks on the ground as they prepare each new book or update previously published titles.

Perfect Partner

Major & Mrs Holt’s Battle Map of Ypres and Passchendaele (Battlefield map)

An accompaniment to the best-selling guide to the area, now sold separately.

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