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Passchendaele-The Hollow Victory (Hardback)

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Passchendaele WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Ypres WWI > By Year > 1917

By Martin Marix Evans
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Campaign Chronicles
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844153688
Published: 1st October 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007


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Passchendaele is one of the most evocative names associated with the Great War. For over 80 years, the battle has epitomized pointless slaughter on an unimaginable scale. The bare statistics are shocking in themselves - the British, French and German armies suffered over half a million casualties between July and November 1917. Ever since, the image of hapless soldiers struggling through the mud and the shellfire has come to represent the futility of trench warfare and the incompetence of their commanders. Yet, as Martin Marix Evans demonstrates in this gripping and perceptive reassessment, some common assumptions about the course of the battle - and the ways in which it was fought - are mistaken and should be looked at again.

The Campaign Chronicles series all give an excellent succinct history of some of the key, and often complex battles on the Western Front. This edition on the vast subject at hand of  Passchendaele is no exception. The series presents the battles in structured detail, with the views of Commanders inter locked with events as they happened.  Consequently, the reader is presented with an excellent book to consult for an initial overview of the battle, before then digging deeper to other texts to obtain further detail and various perspectives on the battle itself.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Recommended for any student of the Western Front.

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Roads To The Great War Blog

Evans does a fine job of creating an unbiased account of the battle and putting it into the overall context of World War One. This is no mean feat.

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