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Passchendaele (ePub)

WWI Passchendaele Military

By Philip Warner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military Classics
Series: Military Classics
File Size: 9.6 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473817050
eBook Released: 8th January 2007

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Nearly ninety years ago, on 31st July 1917, the small Belgian village of Passchendaele became the focus for one of the most gruelling, bloody and bizarre battles of World War 1. By 6th November, when Passchendaele village and the ridge were captured, over half a million British, French, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and Germans had become casualties. Philip Warner, the noted historian of twentieth-century warfare and the author of over fifty books on military history, many published by Pen and Sword, has skilfully brought together all the elements of this horrific campaign - the historical background, personal accounts, strategies and tactics, the personalities and the political manoeuvres. He investigates the issues which had a crucial effect on the course of the battle, including the mutinous state of the French army, the bombardment which destroyed the drainage system, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig's determination to continue operations despite the appalling weather and ground conditions, and the stormy relationship between Haig and Lloyd George. However, it is the determined fighting ability and the bravery of the allied soldiers, rather than the tactical plans of the commanders, that dominate this detailed and totally absorbing account of the harrowing four-month campaign called the Battle of Passchendaele.

Passchendaele is a masterly and timely analysis of one of the most important battles in history.

The book is a compact size, and a perfect accompaniment for a holiday read, or even on a tightly packed battlefields visit given that it will not take up too much room in a suitcase.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Philip Warner the noted historian of 20th Century warfare and author of over fifty excellent books on military history has in this superb volume, successfully brought together all the elements of this horrendous campaign therefore providing the reader with an in-depth insight into a battle fought on ground so bad that one senior officer at the time wept and asked the question “did we really send men to fight in this?”

I personally rate this particular volume and consider it an invaluable reference tool and a therefore must for the bookshelves for anyone with an interest in the Great War.

Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker

About Philip Warner

Philip Warner (1914–2000) enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals after graduating from St Catharine’s, Cambridge in 1939. He fought in Malaya and spent 1,100 days as ‘a guest of the Emperor’ in Changi, on the Railway of Death and in the mines of Japan, an experience he never discussed. A legendary figure to generations of cadets during his thirty years as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he will also be long remembered for his contribution to more than 2,000 obituaries of prominent army figures to The Daily Telegraph. In addition he wrote fifty-four books on all aspects of military history, ranging from castles and battlefields in Britain, to biographies of prominent military figures (such as Kitchener: The Man Behind The Legend, Field Marshal Earl Haig, Horrocks: The General Who Led From the Front (Pen & Sword, 2018) and Auchinleck: The Lonely Soldier (Pen & Sword, 2006) to major histories of the SAS, the Special Boat Services, Phantom and the Royal Corps of Signals. 

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